The Israeli occupation army said Tuesday evening that it had “discovered an attack tunnel extending from inside the Gaza Strip to several meters inside the Israeli security fence.”
In a brief statement, the Israeli army added that the tunnel was dug from the city of Khan Yunis, in the south of the Strip, and that it was discovered thanks to an underground sensor wall in the borders surrounding the Strip, indicating that the wall began construction 3 years ago and is scheduled to end in March 2021 .
Shortly after the announcement, the army said that a missile was launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory, stressing that the Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted the missile, and there were no reports of injuries.
There was no comment from the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) or its military wing (Al-Qassam Brigades) on the Israeli army data at the time of writing, nor did any party or movement in Gaza announce launching rockets towards Israel.
This is the first time that the occupation army announced the discovery of a tunnel from Gaza since July 2019.
The army estimates that the aforementioned tunnel was built recently, according to the same source.
“The tunnel did not have an exit on the Israeli side, and at no stage did it pose a threat to the settlements adjacent to the strip,” said Brigadier General Heyday Zilberman, the Israeli army spokesman.
Since launching a military operation against Gaza in 2014, the Israeli army announced the discovery of 20 attack tunnels, according to what was reported by the Hebrew newspaper “Yediot Aharonot”.