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Egyptian fire kills Palestinian at sea: Gaza Health Ministry

Egyptian fire kills Palestinian at sea: Gaza Health Ministry

"Hamas must understand that we will not permit these attacks and we will respond with even greater force", Netanyahu said in remarks to Israeli media before departing on his trip to India. "The destruction of the network of attack tunnels is an essential part of our policy of systematically harming Hamas' strategic capabilities".

Gaza's interior ministry said an initial investigation indicated "the Palestinian fishing boat did not cross the Egyptian (maritime) border".

The military said that it does not intend to bring about an escalation of the situation, but will continue to act against any violation of Israeli sovereignty.

The tunnel, which was constructed in Gaza, began in the city of Rafah and crossed into Israel under the Kerem Shalom Crossing, through which hundreds of trucks ordinarily cross into the coastal enclave each day, he added.

Conricus said the tunnel destroyed Saturday was dug by key operatives of Hamas and was 1.5 km long (about one mile), penetrating 180 kilometres under the Kerem Shalom border crossing into Israel and into Egypt.

Palestinian media reports said that the target was a cross-border smuggling tunnel operated by Hamas.




United Nations trucks carrying building materials for projects funded by UNRWA arrive in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip after crossing the Israeli Kerem Shalom crossing on December 10, 2013.

Once a rare move, it will be the second time Kerem Shalom is punitively closed in under a month, as Israel seeks to force the ruling Hamas terrorist group to return quiet to the Gaza Strip.

According to Conricus, Israeli air strikes late Saturday along with other unspecified means were used to destroy the tunnel.

It is also building an underground wall in the area around the Gaza Strip to stop such tunnels.

In early January Israel struck what is referred to as "central terror infrastructure" in the southern Gaza Strip following three mortar shells which were fired towards Israel.

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.


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