Hamas vows retaliation to Israeli attacks amid tension

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The tunnel was "a blatant breach of Israel's sovereignty, an unacceptable situation which prompted the IDF's actions", the military said, and its exposure was "an operational success based on advanced technology, a testimony to the IDF's upgraded abilities". The IDF is making clear this evening (Sunday) that it chose to destroy the tunnel without blowing it up in order to reduce any potential reactions from the terrorist organization. He reiterated that Israel holds Hamas, the terror group that runs Gaza, responsible for any attacks coming out of the enclave.

Hamas has built a sophisticated network of terror tunnels in the Gaza Strip and running into Israel, used for storing weapons, smuggling and terrorist infiltrations into Israel. "And second because this is a Hamas terror tunnel". The army did not believe there were any casualties inside the tunnel after it had been demolished, he told journalists.

This is the second Gaza attack tunnel Israel has uncovered and destroyed in the past six weeks.

The previous such announcement was on October 30, when Israel blew up a tunnel dug by Islamic Jihad.

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Israeli politicians hailed the news and suggested the detection and demolition system might be about to give Israel a significant edge in the threat posed by tunnels.

"We have achieved new technological capabilities in the fight against tunnel terror", Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement after the tunnel's destruction was announced.

Two Hamas militants died Saturday after Israel shelled a military training camp in northern Gaza, according to the Al-Qassam announcement.

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