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tunnel dug from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip that stretches hundreds of meters (yards) inside Israel.
Israeli military finds biggest Gaza militant tunnel Electric generator, tools, along with fresh tracks found

 JERUSALEM, March 21, (AP): The Israeli military announced Friday it has uncovered another tunnel — the biggest so far — dug from the Hamasruled Gaza Strip, stretching into Israel and intended for militant attacks or abducting soldiers and civilians. According to military spokesman Lt Col Peter Lerner, the opening of the “terror tunnel” was hundreds of meters (yards) inside Israel. It was the biggest such tunnel found to date, Lerner said, but did not elaborate further. He said not all of the tunnel had been uncovered so far and that there are concerns it could be boobytrapped.

The tunnel was found this week by Israeli intelligence and the military, Lerner said, saying the structure was lined with concrete and describing it as very sophisticated, resembling a subway tunnel. “This advanced tunnel was intended to pose a direct link and threat to Israeli territory, and enable Hamas terrorists to reach and harm Israeli civilians,” Lerner said. An electric generator and tools, along with fresh tracks, were found in the tunnel, indicating that it had been worked on recently, he added. In 2013, Israel announced finding three such tunnels, including one that was over a kilometer and a half (mile) long and 18 meters (yards) deep.

Hamas, the Islamic militant group that has ruled Gaza since 2007, has dug tunnels into Israel in the past. In 2006, a year before seizing power, Hamasallied militants sneaked into Israel through a tunnel, killed two Israeli soldiers and kidnapped a third, holding him hostage in Gaza for five years. Hamas spokesman Abu Obeida said he blamed the tunnel’s discovery on recent rains that exposed its opening, insisting the tunnel itself was old. “Our mujahedeen (holy warriors) worked to fix it,” he said, offering a possible explanation of the fresh tracks. “The enemy’s allegations about intelligence efforts behind the discovery are a big lie.” Israel has for years banned cement from entering Gaza, arguing it could be used by militants. But since 2010, it has allowed some construction materials in for internationally funded construction projects.

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