Israeli authorities unearthed what they described as a ‘terror tunnel’ which ran into their territory from the Gaza Strip. Subsequently, the transfer of building materials to the enclave was suspended.
"The discovery of the tunnel prevented attempts to harm Israeli civilians who live close to the border and military forces in the area," Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said in a statement. He accused the Hamas movement of constructing the 2.5 kilometer-long tunnel.
While staking no claim to the tunnel, a spokesman for Hamas wrote on Twitter that “the determination deep in the hearts and minds of resistance fighters is more important than tunnels dug in the mud".
After having found the tunnel along the fortified Gaza border last week, the Israeli military invited journalists to take a peak on Sunday.
Hamas, along with other groups, dug a tunnel in Israel in 2006 and managed to seize an Israeli soldier named Gilad Shalit. He had been held captive for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange programme. Around 1,400 Palestinians that were languishing in Israeli jails were released in exchange for the soldier.
Take a look at the slideshow above to see images of the ‘terror tunnel’.