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Israel Discovers 'Terror Tunnel', Suspends Building Supplies to Gaza

Sunday, 13 Oct 2013 07:35 AM

JERUSALEM — Israel on Sunday froze shipments of building materials to the Gaza Strip after discovering an alleged "terror tunnel" into the Jewish state from the adjoining territory, a defense official said.

"Due to security reasons, (the army) decided to stop for now the transfer of building materials into Gaza," Guy Inbar told AFP.

Inbar, spokesman for the Israeli defense ministry unit responsible for civilian affairs in the Palestinian territories, did not say how long the ban would remain in force.

Last month Israel permitted delivery of cement and steel for use by the private sector into the Gaza Strip for the first time since 2007, when Israel banned their transfer fearing that Gaza's militant Hamas rulers would use construction materials to fortify its positions and build tunnels for militant attacks on the Jewish state.

Israeli officials said on Sunday that a sophisticated tunnel running about  450 yards into Israel and intended as a springboard for militant attacks had been uncovered by troops.

"I want to congratulate the army for exposing the Gaza terror tunnel," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday. "It is part of our offensive policy against terror, both in prevention and intelligence, proactive activity, reactive activity."

The army did not immediately publish details of the tunnel, but the head of the Israeli local council where it was found said that he had been taken inside for an inspection.

"This tunnel, which looks like the New York subway, is apparently intended to kidnap soldiers or for some other kind of terrorist attack," Haim Yelin told army radio.

"It is impressively executed, with concrete supports."

Israeli news website Ynet said that the tunnel was equipped with railway tracks and lighting, and quoted chief military spokesman Yoav Mordechai as calling it "one of the most advanced terror tunnels to be uncovered in recent years."


© AFP 2017

 
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Israel on Sunday froze shipments of building materials to the Gaza Strip after discovering an alleged "terror tunnel" into the Jewish state from the adjoining territory, a defense official said.
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