Israel says it destroys Hamas tunnel network in Gaza

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The laboratory has accomplished proven achievements in locating and thwarting five terrorist tunnels in recent months by combining the capabilities of the engineering, intelligence and the technological front, noted the IDF.

In a press release issued yesterday, campaigners - including War on Want, Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Defence for Children International-Palestine - said HSBC now holds £831 million worth of shares in companies that sell weapons and military equipment to Israel. Israel has placed a high priority on halting the tunnel threat since Hamas infiltrated Israel during the war.

Israel says its army has destroyed the longest and deepest tunnel ever dug by Palestinian Islamists Hamas on Sunday. Hamas did not comment.

"This was clearly a terror tunnel that connected to other tunnels in the Gaza Strip", IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said. "That's really how we find a tunnel". Such details are secret in Israel, which has received United States congressional funding for the project.

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The laboratory is the technological branch of tunnel detection, and it uses innovative ground research, which includes scanning of cavities and their dynamics, added the IDF.

Israel offered no explanation for its publication about the laboratory, which followed a surge in Gaza border protests that organizers want to peak in mid-May - the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding. In recent weeks, the world has witnessed just how shamelessly Israel uses lethal force against Palestinian civilians.

The military says its soldiers act to stop attacks, damage to the fence and infiltration bids, and says there have been attempts at all three. Palestinians mourn the event as their "nakba", or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands were uprooted in the 1948 war over Israel's creation.

Israel alleges Hamas is seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence and said the tunnel destroyed could have been used for that goal, saying it comes from near an area where demonstrators have gathered.

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