Israeli jets shell tunnel near Egyptian border with Gaza


On December 14, following multiple rocket attacks from Gaza, Israel also shut down the Kerem Shalom Crossing, along with the Erez Crossing, through which people enter and exit the Strip. The IDF called the tunnel, which stretched from Gaza to Egypt, a "severe breach of Israel's sovereignty".

Earlier, the IOF informed the Palestinians on Saturday evening that it was made a decision to temporarily close for all traffic the Kerem Abu Salem crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, starting Sunday morning.

Similar clashes took place in 17 different locations within the West Bank, the IDF said, while also continuing efforts to catch the perpetrators of a terrorist attack which killed Rabbi Raziel Shevach on a West Bank road last Tuesday.

In a statement, the Israel occupation Forces said that it views Hamas as responsible for what happens in Gaza.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman commended the forces for carrying out the "professional and precise" operation. "The demolition of the attack tunnel system is an important factor in the policy of systematically harming Hamas' strategic ability, he added".

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Official Palestinian media said that "infrastructure" was farmland in the southern Gaza Strip, prompting many to assume that it was, in fact, a tunnel beneath the field, though not necessarily one that crossed into Israeli territory.

Abdullah Zeidan, 32, was shot and critically wounded by the Egyptian soldiers as he was fishing near the southern border town of Rafah between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Palestinian media reports said that the target was a cross-border smuggling tunnel operated by Hamas. The 1.5-kilometer (about 0.93-mile) long tunnel, which passed under several strategic Israeli targets such as a gas pipeline, was completely destroyed in the strike.

Violent riots raged in the Gaza Strip and across the West Bank as parts remain under military lock down following the shooting of a settler in the Nablus area last week, the Israel Defense Forces reported Friday.