Israel Destroys 'Significant' Cross-Border Terror Tunnel From Gaza Strip

After the rocket fire, Israeli aircraft and a tank attacked Hamas sites in the Strip, the army said, noting that it holds the terror group, which runs Gaza, responsible for all rocket attacks.

In late October, the IDF destroyed a cross-border Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) attack tunnel, killing 12 including two senior Islamic Jihad commanders and two Hamas members.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

A day before, Israel had announced a massive attack targeting Hamas positions in the southern Gaza Strip.

Rocket sirens sounded in southern Israeli communities near the border with the Gaza Strip and residents in the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod reported hearing explosions. A third rocket was shot down by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system.

The IDF said the Iron Dome successfully intercepted the rocket.

The rocket attack did cause damage and according to a United Hatzalah report, a number of people were transported to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon for treatment of hysteria resulting from the attack.

The tension with Israel in the Gaza Strip has been escalating since U.S. President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last week.

A network of Gaza tunnels allowed Hamas gunmen to blindside Israel's superior forces during the 2014 war and the Israelis, with U.S. help, have since stepped up work on counter-measures. The group vowed revenge on Sunday.

Israel Defense Forces spokesman Jonathan Conricus said the tunnel, which originated in the city of Khan Younis, had penetrated several hundred meters inside Israeli territory, finishing a kilometer away from the nearest village in Israel.

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

  • Joey Payne