7 Hamas men killed in terror tunnel overnight

IDF Spokesman Peter Lerner says seven Hamas operatives were killed in a terror tunnel near Rafah overnight that had been bombed by the Israel Air Force a few days earlier, after the seven entered the tunnel and meddled with their own explosives which had been stashed there.

The operatives “were in a tunnel with special infrastructure and strength and designated for a significant attack against soldiers.” He says the airstrike was carried out a few days ago “and last night the Hamas members touched the explosives — which is what caused the tunnel to explode. This was a significant tunnel that was a top priority [for the IDF].”

Lerner adds that on account of the deaths “we understand that there is a potential of escalation.”

If last week the IDF wished to convey a message of a defensive deployment, Lerner says, today there is “a preparedness for escalation.”

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