Israel vows armed response to Hamas aggression

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Added On April 19, 2016

Israeli Prime Minister said Israel would respond "with force" to any sign of Hamas aggression, after the Israeli military discovered an underground tunnel crossing from the Gaza Strip into Israel.
 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday vows armed response to any sign of Hamas aggression following the discovery of an underground tunnel. 
 
SOUNDBITE(HEBREW)BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, Israeli Prime Minister 
"Israel will respond strongly to any attempt by Hamas to attack its soldiers and civilians. I am certain that Hamas understands this very well. I would like to tell the residents of the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip that the IDF is working around the clock to ensure your security and daily routine."
 
The prime minister credited the discovery of the tunnel to "groundbreaking technology" operated by the Israeli military and the Shin Bet security agency.
 
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson said on Monday the military had discovered a Hamas tunnel that crossed from the Gaza Strip enclave into Israel's territory, the first such discovery since the 2014 Gaza War. The forces has already destroyed it.
 
Hamas said in response to the discovery that the tunnel was "old" and was built prior to the 2014 conflict. 
 
Israel went on the offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014, amid launching of rockets towards communities in southern Israel by Hamas, as well as the discovery of over 30 tunnels.
 
Israel believes Hamas planned to carry out attacks against Israeli citizens and soldiers via the tunnels.