A strike by the Israeli Air Force on Saturday night destroyed a 180-meter long tunnel below the Gaza Strip, the IDF spokesperson confirmed on Sunday morning.
The target struck was a tunnel that passed below the Kerem Shalom crossing. The tunnel also passed beneath several strategic targets, such as a gas pipe. It was completely destroyed by the strike.
On Saturday night the IDF announced it would be closing the Kerem Shalom crossing after an assessment of the current security situation, but did not provide further details.
The tunnel destroyed early Saturday morning is believed to have been a Hamas tunnel which stretched for almost a kilometer running under the Kerem Shalom crossing near the gas pipeline and continued into Egyptian territory. The destruction of the tunnel was carried out by the Southern Command, in the area of the Kerem Shalom crossing area, inside Israeli territory.
Israel said the military has destroyed three tunnels in two months, according to Reuters.
The tunnels are used to smuggle commercial goods and weapons into the Gaza strip.
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