One Dead, Hundreds Injured in Latest Hamas-Led Gaza Riots

Israel: Gaza tunnel foiled, lifts veil on detection lab

Conricus said the tunnel was adjacent to the site of recent mass protests, which Israel says Hamas is using as a cover for attacks.

Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said that Israel is now the "world leader" in defending borders.

Conricus said Hamas began building the tunnel following the 2014 war.

The army had been monitoring the tunnel system and made a decision to act when the tunnel crossed into Israeli territory, "tens of meters" from the southern Israeli community of Nahal Oz.

'According to our early assessments, this tunnel reaches kilometres, several kilometres, into the Gaza Strip'. The tunnel was the fifth detected and destroyed in recent months.

After destroying another terror tunnel over the weekend, the IDF revealed its strategy for neutralizing the underground pathways.

The tunnel came from the area of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip and was being dug in the direction of the Nahal Oz community in Israel, he said.

Palestinian demonstrators take part in a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 13, 2018.

Israel alleges Hamas is seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence and said the tunnel destroyed could have been used for that goal, saying it comes from near an area where demonstrators have gathered.

The military says its soldiers act to stop attacks, damage to the fence and infiltration bids, and says there have been attempts at all three. Israel says the barrier, as well as new technological innovations, have rendered the Hamas tunnel project futile.

The Times of Israel is reporting that a 28-year-old Palestinian man was killed by Israeli gunfire, and over 122 others were injured, per Hamas' Gaza Health Ministry.

The marches have been organized by Gaza's militant Hamas rulers, but large turnouts on two preceding Fridays were also driven by Gaza's dire living conditions and desperation among the territory's 2 million residents who have been enduring a crippling border closure by Israel and Egypt since 2007.



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