SIX Palestinians were killed and at least nine wounded yesterday when the Israeli military blew up a tunnel dug by the Islamic Jihad group from Gaza into Israel.
Israeli military spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus said that thanks to new technology this “active tunnel,” which was still being dug, was discovered and forces blew it up inside Israeli territory.
Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra gave the casualty figures, adding that the nine wounded had been taken to hospital.
Hamas said that one of its members died after he entered the tunnel to evacuate wounded Islamic Jihad members.
United Nations relief and works agency spokesman Christopher Gunness reported earlier finding what appeared to be a tunnel beneath one of the schools it operates in the Gaza Strip.
He said that the organisation had “robustly intervened with relevant parties to protest [against] the violation.”