Israeli Air Force Fires Missiles Into A Border Tunnel In Southern Gaza

A Palestinian fisherman stands on his boat in Gaza City's seaport during heavy fog

The strike came hours after Israel's defense ministry said the Kerem Shalom goods crossing between Gaza and Israel near Rafah would be closed from Sunday "until further notice".

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.

A Hamas terror tunnel that crossed into Israeli territory was destroyed late Saturday night by the Israeli Air Force in a strategic strike.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman commended the forces for carrying out the "professional and precise" operation.

The Israeli military said Sunday it had destroyed a cross-border tunnel that ran from Gaza into Israel and Egypt, dug by Hamas, the group that controls Gaza.

In a statement, the Israel occupation Forces said that it views Hamas as responsible for what happens in Gaza. "Hamas must understand that we will not allow these attacks to continue and that we will respond with even greater force", he told reporters before boarding a flight to India.

According to the military, the closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing was a necessary security measure for those in the crossing area and while the consequences of the closure would be felt in the Strip, "the Hamas terror organization repeatedly chooses to harm the welfare of Gaza residents".


A fisherman from the Gaza Strip was shot dead by the Egyptian army overnight for unclear reasons, Palestinian officials said Saturday, calling for an immediate investigation into the incident.

"One of the Palestinian fishing boats came under direct fire from the Egyptian army late Friday near the Palestinian-Egyptian naval border, leaving a fisherman martyred", the Ministry said.

In addition, they said Israel has been constructing a sensor-equipped underground wall along the 60-km (36-mile) Gaza border, aiming to complete the $1.1 billion project by mid-2019.

The Fishermen Union in the coastal enclave has announced a suspension of fishing work in the region to protest over the shooting of Zeidan, who was also a father of five.

Israel shut down the crossing on December 14 following multiple rockets and mortar attacks from Gaza, along with Erez Crossing, through which people enter and exit the Strip.

The target struck was a tunnel that passed below the Kerem Shalom crossing.

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