The Israel Defense Forces has destroyed the remnants of a large terror tunnel stretching between the Gaza Strip and Kibbutz Nahal Oz, near the Israel-Gaza border, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said Monday.
The Israeli military completed the demolition of a Gaza terror tunnel discovered during its operation last summer in Gaza.
A large portion of it was destroyed during the conflict. It is believed that the tunnel had stretched 1.8 miles, from the eastern Gaza Strip neighborhood of Shujaiyya to Nahal Oz and the Karni border crossing. Israel has been in control of the tunnel since Operation Protective Edge.
On Monday, the Israel Defense Forces said the tunnel was destroyed recently on Israeli territory near the border with Gaza. The IDF said it discovered weapons and ammunition there.
Shaar Hanegev Regional Council head Alon Schuster said the tunnel’s destruction “coincides with the IDF’s continued [anti-tunnel] operations along the border [with Gaza].”
“We have to remain vigilant, but we also have to be careful and not reignite the situation on the ground,” Schuster said, Israel Hayom reported.
The part of the tunnel that led into Gaza had been destroyed during the summer conflict, Ynet also reported, citing the IDF.
Hamas reportedly is rebuilding terror tunnels leading from Gaza to Israel.