IDF says it has struck two Hamas tunnels and two weapons factories in Gaza

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Smoke rises above buildings in Gaza City as Israel launched air strikes on the Palestinian enclave on late April 6, 2023. (Mohammed ABED / AFP)
Smoke rises above buildings in Gaza City as Israel launched air strikes on the Palestinian enclave on late April 6, 2023. (Mohammed ABED / AFP)

The Israel Defense Forces says it has struck two tunnels and two weapon production sites in the Gaza Strip in response to “Hamas’ security violations” in recent days.

The first tunnel was located near the northern Gaza city of Beit Hanoun, according to the IDF.

The second, near the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, was first struck during the 2021 Gaza war. The IDF says it had identified recent efforts to rebuild it.

“The two tunnels did not cross into Israeli territory and did not pose a threat to Israeli civilians,” the military says.

Additionally, two sites allegedly used by Hamas to manufacture weapons were targeted in the strikes.

“The strikes were carried out in response to Hamas’ security violations in recent days,” the military says, referring to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and a major rocket barrage from Lebanon on Thursday.

Smoke and fire rise from an explosion caused by an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City, early Friday, April 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

“The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist organization responsible for all terror activities emanating from the Gaza Strip and it will face the consequences of the security violations against Israel,” the IDF adds.

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