IDF destroys Hamas terror tunnel that was 'ready for use'

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The military destroyed the tunnel by pumping materials into it that render it useless and do not allow for reconstruction, Haaretz reported.

The tunnel crossed into Israeli territory by several yards but did not yet have an exit point, military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists. Ronen Manelis said in a statement that the demonstrations on the last three Fridays at the Gaza border fence, as well as violent incidents on the border prior to the demonstrations were meant to be a cover for the work on the tunnel near the border.

'According to our early assessments, this tunnel reaches kilometres, several kilometres, into the Gaza Strip'. The opening of the tunnel on the Israel side stretched to Nahal Oz, a community in southern Israel.

The laboratory has accomplished proven achievements in locating and thwarting five terrorist tunnels in recent months by combining the capabilities of the engineering, intelligence and the technological front, noted the IDF. Israel destroyed it over the course of the weekend.

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Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Programme Director at Defence for Children International -Palestine, said: "Israeli forces are using live ammunition for crowd control to disperse protesters in Gaza, ignoring their obligation under international law to only resort to intentional lethal force when a direct, mortal threat to life or of serious injury exists".

Israel has faced criticism over its use of live fire along the Gaza border since March 30, while the European Union and United Nations chief Antonio Guterres have called for an independent investigation.

Palestinian gunmen used tunnels to blindside Israeli forces during the 2014 Gaza war. Israel's defense system to protect against infiltrations from Gaza, which will include both above ground and underground barriers, is estimated to cost some $3.5 billion.