The Israel Defense Forces discovered a terror tunnel from the Gaza Strip that crossed dozens of meters into Israeli territory, after voices inside it were picked by underground surveillance, the Israel Defense Forces said on Tuesday.
The tunnel stretched into Israel but had not passed the subterranean barrier system that is still in the process of being built. The Israel Defense Forces said that the barrier system has “technological and [intelligence] collection capabilities” that altered the army of this tunnel.
“The route [of the tunnel] was located as part of the ongoing efforts to find and neutralize tunnels and thanks to the the barrier,” the IDF said in a statement.
IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Hadi Zilberman told the media that the tunnel “was still in the process of being built, so that at no point did it pose a danger to the surrounding towns.”
“It will be neutralized in the next few days, he said. “The IDF estimates that it was part of a relatively new operational outline, but has not yet determined who was responsible for it.”
The barrier is expected to be completed in March and “will consist of three sections: a wall dug dozens of meters underground, an obstacle above ground and technological means for locating tunnels. Most of the work underground has been completed,” he said.
Later that same evening, at least one rocket was launched at Israel from Gaza and was shot down by Israel’s anti-missile system Iron Dome.