Israel foils Hamas bid to rebuild Gaza tunnel

Israeli forces have knocked out a tunnel in the Gaza Strip dug by Hamas militants to mount cross-border attacks. The tunnel had been cut off during the 2014 Gaza war and Hamas had tried to put it back into operation, a military spokesman said. It had been dug inside the Hamas-ruled enclave several hundred metres away from Israel’s border fence.

Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters that the Israeli forces did not cross the border to render the tunnel inoperable but used a new technique, There was no immediate comment from Hamas, the dominant Palestinian group in the Gaza Strip and Israel’s arch foe.