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12 December 2017, 06:01 | Simon Arnold
Israel Detects and Destroys Another Hamas Terror Tunnel
Two Palestinians were killed on Tuesday in a strike on the Gaza Strip, according to local reports.
The blast comes amid increased tensions in Gaza, after the military destroyed a Hamas attack tunnel on Sunday, an increase in rocket fire against near Israeli communities by terrorist groups in the Strip, and a number of violent protests along the security fence against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
In late October, the IDF destroyed a cross-border Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) attack tunnel, killing 12 including two senior Islamic Jihad commanders and two Hamas members.
Residents also report hearing IDF artillery shelling the Beit Hanoun area of Gaza in response. The rocket was intercepted by an Iron Dome anti-missile battery. The siren sounded in the Ashkelon region and in areas along the northern border with Gaza.
A senior security establishment official is quoted anonymously telling Walla News on Shabbos that "Hamas is playing a unsafe game as Israel views renewed rocket fire from Gaza a very serious".
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, told reporters that Israel had used a new set of "tools" developed since a 2014 war with Hamas in order to destroy the tunnel.
A rocket that was sacked from Gaza at around 11:30 PM on Monday night was intercepted by an Iron Dome battery over the city of Ashkelon. "The IDF holds Hamas responsible for these aggressive acts originating from the Gaza Strip". At least ten terrorists were injured, of which two were killed.
On Sunday, the Israeli forces destroyed Hamas tunnels in Gaza, however, announcing that the operation hasn't been linked to the recent clashes between Palestinians and police.
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