“Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh threatened a violent retaliation to Israel’s destruction of the tunnel, but suggested the response would be delayed as Palestinian factions work toward reconciliation”

Exploded tunnel was dug for soldier abductions, Gaza terror leader says
by Dov Lieber
October 31, 2017

Senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batsh said Tuesday that the attack tunnel stretching from Gaza into Israeli territory that was blown up by the IDF the previous day had been built by his group for the purpose of kidnapping Israeli soldiers. “The purpose of the tunnel was kidnapping soldiers in order to free prisoners [from Israeli prisons],” Batsh said, speaking at a funeral in Gaza for five PIJ terrorists — including two senior commanders — and two terrorists from Hamas’s armed wing who were killed as a result of the tunnel’s destruction…“The explosion took place inside Israeli territory. The majority of the dead were operatives who entered the tunnel after it was blown up and died in the Gaza Strip, and not as a [direct] result of the explosion,” said IDF spokesperson Avichay Adraee of the operation to destroy the tunnel. READ MORE

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