IDF confirms: Hamas terror tunnel that threatened Israel destroyed

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On December 14, following multiple rocket attacks from Gaza, Israel also shut down the Kerem Shalom Crossing, along with the Erez Crossing, through which people enter and exit the Strip.

"This is a severe breach of Israel's sovereignty, a serious threat to Israeli civilians and a threat to the humanitarian efforts that Israel allows for the people in the Gaza Strip", the military said in a statement.

It was also noted that Kerem Shalom border crossing on the Gaza Strip-Israel border would be closed later in the day for security reasons.

The target struck was a tunnel that passed below the Kerem Shalom crossing.

On Saturday night the IDF announced it would be closing the Kerem Shalom crossing after an assessment of the current security situation, but did not provide further details. "The destruction of the attack tunnel infrastructure is an essential element of the policy of consistently harming Hamas's strategic capabilities".

Israel "targeted a terror infrastructure using fighter jets in the southern Rafah region, adjacent to the Egypt-Gaza Strip border", an army statement said. It was completely destroyed by the strike.

The army added, "The Hamas terror organization is accountable for all activity in and from the Gaza strip".

"One of the Palestinian fishing boats came under direct fire from the Egyptian army late Friday near the Palestinian-Egyptian naval border, leaving a fisherman martyred", the Ministry said.

Palestinian sources say that a tunnel was the target of the attack and none reported hurt in the attack according local sources in Gaza.

The military said that it does not intend to bring about an escalation of the situation, but will continue to act against any violation of Israeli sovereignty.

On Friday, approximately 1,000 Palestinians took part in violent demonstrations in four separate locations along the security fence surrounding Gaza, rolling burning tires and throwing rocks at the barrier and the soldiers on the other side, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

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