JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces blew up a terrorist tunnel that stretched from Khan Younis in Gaza to Israel.
The tunnel, which ended in Israel near the border with Gaza, is believed to have been dug after the 2014 Gaza war.
At least seven Gazan Palestinians were killed and another 11 injured in the controlled explosion, according to reports citing the Gaza Health Ministry.
Most of the dead are members of the terrorist organization Islamic Jihad, which has threatened retaliation. They were in the tunnel at the time of Israel’s planned explosion. The tunnel was under “active construction” at the time of its demolition.
BREAKING: Moments ago, the IDF neutralized a Gazan terror tunnel inside Israel from Khan Younis – a grave violation of Israeli sovereignty pic.twitter.com/WlfdrnbiZb — IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) October 30, 2017
“This is a blatant violation of Israeli sovereignty, a situation that cannot be accepted and in light of which the IDF acted,” said IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manlis. He said that the tunnel was not a threat and had been under surveillance for some time.