ISRAEL’s army have taken defiant action to destroy tunnels used by the Palestinian militant group Hamas, as violence between the two nations continues to rage in the Gaza strip.
Fresh skirmishes between the Middle Eastern nations broke out on Friday when dozens of Palestinian demonstrators broke into the Gaza side of the Kerem Shalom terminal, the main channel for goods in and out of the territory.
As tensions boiled over the group set alight a gas pipeline, torched a conveyor belt and damaged a fuel pipe in protest at the actions of the Israeli government and army.
As a result of the violence, the crossing was shut and a military response was taken to crack down on what Tel Aviv describes as “Palestinian aggression”.
In a statement the Israeli military said: “The crossing will remain closed until the damage caused by the riots are repaired and will reopen in accordance with a situation assessment.”
The underground tunnel destroyed by the army on Saturday afternoon was being built in order to help Palestinians secretly cross into Israel.
Spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said: “It was approximately one kilometer long.
“It was dug over a number of months and we have been following it for a number of weeks.”
The tunnel was being built by Hamas, a military group who aims to help Palestinians take control of the Gaza region.