Iran slams 'bloodthirsty' Israel following Gaza terror tunnel destruction

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to maintain Israel's defensive edge following the strike on the tunnel.

October 31, 2017 11:25
2 minute read.
Iran slams 'bloodthirsty' Israel following Gaza terror tunnel destruction

Mourners carry the body of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant during his funeral in the central Gaza Strip October 31, 2017. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Iran condemned the "bloodthirsty Zionist regime" of Israel after the IDF destroyed a Hamas terror tunnel on Monday that crossed into Israeli territory.

“The blood-thirsty Zionist regime is trying to bend the will of the oppressed people of the occupied territories to guarantee its security by killing Palestinian youths,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi.

“Seven decades of crimes, bloodshed and child-killing could not weaken the determination this patient and courageous people at all,” added Qasemi.

According to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Ministry of Health, at least seven Palestinians were killed and nine were wounded as Israel destroyed the tunnel with a series of airstrikes on the Israeli side of the Gaza border.

According to the IDF, the destroyed tunnel began in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis and continued into Israel, ending only 2 kilometers (about 1.25 miles) from the border community of Kissufim.

Young Palestinians advance through a tunnel during a military exercise organized by Hamas, east of Gaza City (Reuters)

The IDF spokesman to the Arab press, Avichay Adraee, said that most of the dead "entered the tunnel after it was blown up" as they sought to rescue those trapped inside.

The Ministry of Health identified the dead as belonging to both Islamic Jihad, including two senior commanders, and Hamas, adding that the death toll may still rise.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to maintain Israel's defensive edge following the strike on the tunnel.

“I told you many times that we are developing groundbreaking technology to deal with the tunnel threat,” said Netanyahu. “Today, we detected a tunnel and destroyed it, and we will continue to do so... We will continue to protect Israel’s borders.”

“I think the message is clear to all,” said Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. “We will not tolerate breaches of Israeli sovereignty... This proves that, despite Palestinian unity, the Gaza Strip remains a terrorist kingdom and, for us, there is no doubt Hamas, which controls Gaza, is responsible.”

Both Liberman and the IDF Spokesperson's Unit emphasized that Israel is not seeking an escalation with Gaza.

An Israeli soldier patrols the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border January 25, 2017. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)

In April 2016, a Hamas tunnel infiltrating into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip was discovered by the IDF and the Israel Securities Authority. The tunnel, the first to be identified since the conclusion of Israel's 2014 Protective Edge operation, was subsequently neutralized.

During Operation Protective Edge, the IDF discovered and neutralized 32 tunnels. Fourteen of the tunnels discovered were found to have crossed into Israeli territory. During the operation, a series of infiltrations through cross-border tunnels by Hamas terrorists killed six IDF soldiers.

Earlier this month, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) announced that it had discovered a tunnel constructed under one of its Gaza schools. The tunnel was subsequently sealed and the school reopened last week. In June, another tunnel was discovered near two UNRWA primary schools.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivers a speech
March 26, 2019
Nasrallah, Abbas slam U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan