Hamas claims responsibility for large terror tunnel

Hamas claimed responsibility for a terror tunnel dug between Gaza and Israel that was discovered Oct. 10.

A spokesman for Hamas’ military wing said during a radio interview Oct. 20 that the group was responsible for building and maintaining the tunnel, Reuters reported.

The 1.5-mile-long tunnel began in the Absan village, located between Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip and the Gaza border fence, and had more than one exit point in and around Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, including near a kindergarten, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

It is believed to have been constructed to kidnap civilians and soldiers, or to infiltrate the community and carry out a terror attack.

The Hamas spokesman said the tunnel had been dug in an effort to force Israel to release some of the thousands of Palestinians in Israeli jails. Former Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was captured and brought into Gaza through such a tunnel in 2006.