A Hamas terror tunnel that extended from Gaza into Israeli territory was destroyed over the weekend. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said in a tweet that the attack tunnel was the longest tunnel exposed and destroyed by Israel.

Attack tunnel

Attack tunnel Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The IDF announced on Sunday morning that a Hamas terror tunnel that stretched into Israel from the Gaza Strip was destroyed over the weekend. Intensive intelligence and technological efforts facilitated the Israeli operation to thwart the attack tunnel, which had been monitored by the military for quite some time. In the past few months, five tunnels that extended into Israeli territory from Gaza have been neutralized.

The IDF stressed that even though the tunnel, which began in Jabaliya, crossed into southern Israel, the residents of the area were not in any danger. The military decided to destroy the tunnel by sealing it up rather than bombing it.

“We are starting the week with an impressive intelligence and operational achievement, the destruction of another terror tunnel, the longest and deepest that has been exposed so far. A tunnel whose digging cost millions of dollars—money that instead of helping the needs of the residents, is drowning in sand,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman wrote on Twitter this morning. “Residents of Gaza, Hamas is burning your money on tunnels that don’t lead anywhere. We will reach every last one of them.”

Last month, the IDF destroyed an attack tunnel that was used during Operation Protection Edge. It was also previously destroyed during the operation but Hamas had recently tried to repair it, prompting the Israeli forces to act to neutralize it once again.