The IDF exposed on Tuesday a terrorist tunnel that crossed from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, said IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Hadi Zilberman.
While the tunnel did not cross the barrier that is being built at the border, the discovery was made thanks to technological means that the underground barrier includes. The tunnel, which was dug from the area of Khan Yunis, was exposed after its detection.
Zilberman emphasized that “the tunnel was still in the process of being built, so that at no point did it pose a danger to the surrounding towns. It will be neutralized in the next few days.” He said that it is still unclear which terrorist organization is behind the tunnel: “The IDF estimates that it was part of a relatively new operational outline, but has not yet determined who was responsible for it.”
The barrier, which is expected to be completed March 2021, will consist of three sections: a wall dug dozens of meters underground, an obstacle above ground and technological means for locating tunnels, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. Most of the work underground has been completed.
While not officially completed yet, the IDF noted that this is the barrier’s first successful attempt at locating and blocking an offensive tunnel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement on Tuesday evening following the tunnel’s discovery.
“We will continue to take determined action in all sectors for the security of Israel and against any attempt to attack our sovereignty or our citizens,” he said.
Translated by Tobias Siegal.