Jerusalem: The Israeli military has showcased a two-kilometre tunnel dug by militants from the Gaza Strip to Israel, saying it was putting the construction on display to demonstrate the continuing threat it faces from the territory.

The Islamic Jihad militant group has claimed responsibility for building the tunnel, saying it was designed to allow an attack on Israel in the next armed confrontation.

Twelve Gaza militants, most of them from Islamic Jihad, were killed in the destruction of the tunnel and in rescue efforts when Israel destroyed the underground passage on October 30.

The tunnel, around the height and width of an upright adult, was lined with concrete slabs. It was discovered about 120 metres inside Israel near Kissufim, about six metres below ground, as tunnellers burrowed towards the surface looking to build an exit, the Israeli military said.


Read the full article written by Ori Lewis at The Sydney Morning Herald.

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