JERUSALEM – Israel said on Sunday that it destroyed a guerrillas tunnel from the Gaza Strip and gave rare details of a military lab's spearhead work to follow the cross-border diggers.
Palestinian armed persons used tunnels for blind side Israeli forces during the 2014 Gaza war. Israel has since developed discovery technologies and laid down a transboundary wall, which said to end the Gaza tunnel by 2019.
It is the fifth this discovery for so many months and Israeli officials consider publicity around its tunnel chasing as a double-edged sword.
They hope that it will deter new diggers but worry that it could cause the militants to prevent the rage of existing passages by using them for attacks.
The latest discovery was of a passage that drove "kilometers" from Gaza to just across the border, Israel's military said on Sunday, accusing the enclave of dominant Hamas Islamists to be behind the project. Hamas did not comment.
"We could discover, and we destroyed it, using similar means that we used previously," said military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus to reporters.
"There was no use of explosives, but we filled the tunnel, which made it worthless for a very long time."
Conricus did not prepare the detector or how the tunnel was filled. Such details are secret in Israel, which has received the United States Congress Fund for the project.
Later on Sunday, Israel went public with a military laboratory set up in 201
The laboratory "uses innovative field research, which includes scanning cavities and their dynamics, (and) strives to develop new detection and mapping techniques," says a military statement.
A video release showed soldiers with faces dark and poring over maps and data screens
Israel offered no explanation for its publication about the laboratory, which followed an increase in Gaza border protests that the organizers want to peak in mid-May – the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding, which Palestinians mourn as a disaster.
Israel Military snipers have killed 31 Palestinians during the demonstrations and drank international censorship. The military says it takes the necessary action against suspects to attempt to harm the border strike or to provide protection against Hamas attacks.
Hamas, sworn to Israel's destruction, denied that have such plans.
The tunnel whose discovery published on Sunday crossed the border with Israel near intense Palestinian disturbances, Conricus said. "I would not think it was a coincidence," he added without elaborating.
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said geophysics from his department were involved in anti-tunnel efforts, as well as researchers from Technion, an Israeli university and state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.