Earlier, Stand for Israel reported on the discovery of a tunnel beneath a United Nations school in Gaza. But now, a terror tunnel leading from Gaza into Israel has been discovered - and destroyed. The Times of Israel's Dov Lieber and Judah Ari Gross report that the IDF has found and blown up a terror tunnel, killing at least five Islamic Jihad terrorists in the process:
At least seven men were killed and another 11 injured on Monday when the Israeli army blew up an attack tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into its territory, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said in the deadliest incident in the coastal enclave since the 2014 Gaza war.
Israel’s Chanel 2 put the death toll at 11, but this was not confirmed by Hamas officials.
The IDF on Monday said it “neutralized a terror tunnel” that was discovered inside Israeli territory near the Gaza Strip and is believed to have been dug after 2014, the army said. The tunnel was being built by the Islamic Jihad terror group.
The incident significantly raised tensions in the region with leaders of the different Palestinian terror groups meeting in Gaza in a bid to formulate a response.
Israel deployed its Iron Dome rocket interceptors in the area and declared a closed military zone near the Gaza border in case the Palestinians tried to respond with rocket fire.
Media reports said Islamic Jihad wanted an immediate coordinated military response, while Hamas was urging caution and coordination with Egypt in order not to jeopardize the fragile Palestinian unity deal that was being implement over the upcoming weeks.
Hamas called the issue a “dangerous escalation against our people” and said it was “a desperate attempt to sabotage efforts to restore Palestinian unity.”