Israel Uncovers New Gaza Tunnel as Border Fighting Flares

  • Second underground corridor discovered since end of 2014 war
  • Amid continuing violence, Hamas leader reports truce

Israel said it discovered another attack tunnel originating in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, as clashes flared along the border for a second day and a Palestinian woman was killed.

The tunnel was built near the border fence in southern Gaza and may have extended into Israeli territory, a military spokeswoman said by phone, speaking on condition of anonymity according to regulations.

Israeli soldiers trying to locate tunnels came under Palestinian fire 10 times in two days. Israeli aircraft struck Hamas infrastructure sites in Gaza, the military said. Zina al-Amour, 53, was killed by Israeli tank fire, according to Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman for the Gaza health ministry, who said at least six other Palestinians were injured since Tuesday.

Clashes continued after Qatar-based Hamas leader Musa Abu Marzooq reported that Egypt brokered a cessation of violence between the sides. He wrote on his Facebook page that the truce was intended to ease “the current tension between the Palestinian resistance and the Israeli army.” An Israeli government spokesman declined to comment on Abu Marzooq’s comments.

The tunnel reported on Thursday was the second to be found since Israel’s 2014 war in Gaza, in which such corridors were used to attack Israeli targets. The first was uncovered last month.

Wiping out attack tunnels was one of the military’s chief aims during the conflict. The military has been developing tunnel detection technology along with the U.S. since the fighting, in which more than 2,000 Palestinians and about 70 Israelis were killed.

The Shin Bet intelligence agency disclosed that it arrested last month a Hamas member who had crossed into Israel from Gaza with two knives. Under questioning he provided information about techniques for digging tunnels, and how they were used by Hamas special forces training to fight in Israeli territory, the Shin Bet said after the military censor’s office cleared the information for publication.

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