Hamas responsible for digging 'explosives laden' tunnel under Gaza-Israeli border
The military wing of the Gaza’s ruling Hamas said on Monday it was behind the recently uncovered tunnel running into Israel meant to kidnap Israeli soldiers.
“This tunnel was made by the hand of the fighters of (Izzadine) al-Qassam and they will not sleep in their efforts to hit the occupation and kidnap soldiers,” the group's spokesman Abu Obeida told Hamas's al-Aqsa radio, according to Agence France-Presse.
“We are working on the ground and under the ground to release the prisoners (held by Israel),” he was quoted as saying by AFP.
“Kidnapping soldiers is the only way to succeed against the (Israeli) occupation.”
Israeli officials earlier this month said troops uncovered a tunnel running from Gaza 450 meters into Israel and allegedly intended as a springboard for attacks.
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