Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, on Sunday, threatened to use â€śeven greater force if necessary,â€ť after an Israeli strike on a tunnel at the Gaza-Sinai border in Rafah.
â€śThere are those who have said the IDF just targeted sand dunes â€” this is incorrect,â€ť Netanyahu said in remarks to Israeli media beforeÂ departing on his trip to India. â€śHamas must understand that we will not permit these attacks and we will respond with even greater force.â€ť
Â Hours later, the Israel army confirmed reports that the target of the strike was a HamasÂ tunnel on the Palestinian side of Rafah, claiming that it was used to smuggle weapons and militants into Gaza.
Â Following the attack, Israel announcedÂ closureÂ of the Karam Abu Salem border crossing, to the east of the city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip, until further notice.