Is­rael says Gaza homes hid­ing tun­nels

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

JERUSALEM — The Is­raeli mil­i­tary on Thurs­day said it has iden­ti­fied two res­i­den­tial build­ings in the north­ern Gaza Strip as po­ten­tial mil­i­tary tar­gets af­ter dis­cov­er­ing Ha­mas mil­i­tant tun­nels un­der­neath them.

The army re­leased satel­lite images of the homes, near the Is­raeli bor­der, on Thurs­day, a day af­ter it struck Ha­mas tar­gets in Gaza in re­sponse to a rocket strike on south­ern Is­rael.

Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir, head of Is­rael’s South­ern Com­mand, said the sit­u­a­tion in Gaza is “sta­ble, but volatile.” But he said the two build­ings in the pho­tos would be le­git­i­mate tar­gets in the event of a fu­ture con­flict and would draw Is­raeli forces into densely pop­u­lated civil­ian ar­eas.

The mil­i­tary did not say how the tun­nels had been iden­ti­fied.

One of the build­ings iden­ti­fied was a six-story res­i­den­tial build­ing con­structed in the past two years, af­ter a 2014 war with Gaza’s Ha­mas rulers.

“The lo­ca­tion of the tun­nel shafts in these build­ings is in­tended to dis­guise them un­der civil­ian cover,” the army said in a state­ment. “In wartime, these ex­ploited lo­ca­tions be­come le­git­i­mate mil­i­tary tar­gets un­der in­ter­na­tional law.”

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