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Israel says it destroyed Hamas undersea tunnel

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

An Israeli air strike on the Strip destroyed a tunnel giving frogmen unseen access to the sea from their base, the said today.

Army told reporters that the tunnel, the first of its kind discovered by Israeli intelligence, was hit on June 3 in the north of the strip as Israeli aircraft pounded over a dozen militant targets in

He said it was probable there were more like it not yet located by "We continue to monitor using all our operational, technical and intelligence capabilities that we have at our disposal," he added.

Last week's strikes were launched in retaliation for rockets fired at by Palestinians in

Conricus said that the tunnel ran from a military facility of Gaza's Islamist rulers into the sea, "a few dozen metres away" at a depth underwater of two to three metres.

"It could have facilitated hostile activity against the state of Israel," he said, adding that the tunnel's underwater exit was about three km from Israel's border.

He said that the tunnel had been used in training and was "operational".

Clashes with troops on Gaza's land border have seen least 129 Palestinians killed since protests broke out along the Gaza border on March 30.

There have been no Israeli fatalities.

Protests peaked on May 14 when at least 61 Palestinians were killed in demonstrations to coincide with the controversial opening of the

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 21:30 IST