Israeli military engineers discovered a tunnel that extends from the territory of Gaza into southern Israel. The tunnel allegedly belongs to Hamas. 

According to Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman, the military discovered the tunnel by using underground sensors. The tunnel was “dozens of meters” underground. The sensors are attached to a concrete barrier that the Israeli engineers are constructing that will run about 40 miles along the border with Gaza. 

Hamas uses such tunnels to infiltrate fighters to Israel in order to conduct terrorist attacks and smuggle commercial goods unavailable to the people in Gaza because of the Israeli blockade.

Another IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus said that the tunnel ran from the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis to the Israeli border where it terminated under the border barrier. 

“We have not seen an exit point from the tunnel. So you could deduce from that that the aim was not for the terrorists to emerge from that location, but rather further inside Israel.”

While no one has taken responsibility for the construction of the tunnel, the Israeli government holds Hamas responsible for all that transpires within Gaza. Hamas has not commented on the affair.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz assured residents along the Gazan border that the security situation was well in hand. 

“I am telling residents of the south to go about their lives, the IDF is protecting them. This [situation] is supposed to be my concern, you can be relaxed.”