Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, on Sunday, threatened to use ‚Äúeven greater force if necessary,‚ÄĚ after an Israeli strike on a tunnel at the Gaza-Sinai border in Rafah.
‚ÄúThere are those who have said the IDF just targeted sand dunes ‚ÄĒ this is incorrect,‚ÄĚ Netanyahu said in remarks to Israeli media before¬†departing on his trip to India. ‚ÄúHamas must understand that we will not permit these attacks and we will respond with even greater force.‚ÄĚ
¬†Hours later, the Israel army confirmed reports that the target of the strike was a Hamas¬† tunnel on the Palestinian side of Rafah, claiming that it was used to smuggle weapons and militants into Gaza.
¬†Following the attack, Israel announced¬†closure¬†of the Karam Abu Salem border crossing, to the east of the city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip, until further notice.