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Israel destroys cross-border tunnel from Gaza

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The on Sunday claimed to have discovered and destroyed a tunnel allegedly extending tens of metres into from and that belonged to the Islamist movement Hamas, which governs the Strip.

confirmed the destruction of the tunnel, the fifth such tunnel to have been found in the last five months, which the said started from Jabalia in northern and ended near the Israeli community of Nahal Oz, news agency reported.

"The route of the terror tunnel was identified by security forces early on and monitored thereafter," the Army said on

also claimed that "violent riots that have been taking place in the area of the security fence are an attempt to mask the terror attacks intended to take place above and below ground".

Since March 30, thousands of peaceful Palestinian demonstrators have set up protest tent camps along the Gaza-border, and the has killed at least 33 demonstrators during marches that have taken place near the border each Friday.

According to the United Nations, over 3,700 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli forces during the Friday marches; 969 Palestinians on April 13, another 1,350 people on April 6 and 1,416 people on March 30.

The protests are calling for the right of Palestinian refugees and their descendants, who according to the make up around two thirds of Gaza's population, to return to their homeland inside what is now Israel.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 22:46 IST
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