IDF destroys remnants of Hamas terror tunnel near southern border

An IDF soldier overlooking an uncovered terror tunnel in the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge last July. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.

( The Israel Defense Forces has destroyed the remnants of a large terror tunnel stretching between the Gaza Strip and Kibbutz Nahal Oz, near the Israel-Gaza border, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said Monday.

The tunnel was first discovered during Operation Protective Edge last summer, and a large portion of it was destroyed during the conflict. It is believed that the tunnel had stretched 1.8 miles, from the eastern Gaza Strip neighborhood of Shujaiyya to Nahal Oz and the Karni border crossing.

Shaar Hanegev Regional Council head Alon Schuster said the tunnel’s destruction “coincides with the IDF’s continued [anti-tunnel] operations along the border [with Gaza].”

“We have to remain vigilant, but we also have to be careful and not reignite the situation on the ground,” Schuster said, Israel Hayom reported.

Posted on February 9, 2015 .