Israel Detects and Destroys Another Hamas Terror Tunnel

Local media identified the two people killed as members of the al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad.

The announcement, cleared by Israeli censors who had previously barred reports of detection work around the central Gaza frontier, followed a surge of Palestinian unrest in response to last week's U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The alleged incident took place near Beit Lahiya.

Conricus said that Israeli intelligence had monitored the tunnel for months, adding that at no time were any Israeli military personnel or civilians at risk.

Tensions along the Israel-Gaza border are high following a week of rocket fire and clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in the wake of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The IDF responded to the attack with tank and aircraft fire towards Hamas targets in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Two weeks ago, the group fired 12 projectiles aimed at the IDF post and a cement factory on the northeastern edge of the Gaza Strip where construction crews are working on Israel's new underground barrier with the Strip.

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However, the Israeli army on Tuesday denied it carried out the air strike, according to reports.

Israel hit a number of Hamas positions in retaliation, killing two members of the terror group, which is the de-facto ruler of the Palestinian enclave.

An Israel Defence Forces (IDF) spokesperson said on Twitter its Iron Dome defence system intercepted a rocket fired towards the Israeli city of Ashkelon. The group vowed revenge on Sunday.

Monday's strikes came a day after Israel said it destroyed a tunnel built by Hamas that ran several hundred meters into Israeli territory.

Four other Gazans, including two Hamas militants, have died since the announcement last Wednesday.

  • Adam Floyd