Israeli security forces last week discovered and neutralized an underground tunnel linking Gaza and Israel, likely intended to be used to instigate a terror attack or kidnapping attempt inside Israel, the IDF said this morning.
The tunnel, which an official said was particularly wide and about 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) long, started in Abbasan al-Saghira, a farming village near Khan Yunis, in Gaza, and terminated inside Israel near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, in the western Negev.
The tunnel, which was discovered over a week ago, came out near a kindergarten on the kibbutz, among other exit points. It was filled with explosives, likely intended to be used for a terror attack, the military said.
On Tuesday, IDF Chief Benny Gantz warned that the next war could be sparked by a “tunnel packed with explosives that reaches a kindergarten.”
The IDF said it took several days to destroy the tunnel and cleared information for publication today.
“The tunnel was discovered in time, and disaster was averted,” Haim Yellin, head of the Eshkol Regional Council, told Ynet News today. Read more at Times of Israel.