Photo Credit: US Embassy in Israel via Twitter
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham tour a Hamas terror tunnel, March 10 2019

Israeli fighter pilots destroyed an underground attack tunnel on Tuesday afternoon in Gaza.

The tunnel was under construction by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist organization, which planned to use it as a route into Israel to carry out terror attacks against Israelis.

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“Above and below ground, we will continue to defend Israeli civilians,” the IDF said in a tweet.

In addition to its strike on the tunnel, the IDF also attacked PIJ training compounds, underground weapon manufacturing sites and weapon storage facilities, the IDF said.

About an hour later, Israeli tanks and other forces carried out strikes on additional PIJ targets in the enclave.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.