An Israeli demolition squad blew up a tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel Monday, killing at least seven members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, including a senior commander.
The tunnel began in the city of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip and extended nearly to the southern Israeli community of Kissufim.
An Israeli spokesman said the mission was designed to destroy the tunnel, not to kill people, and that most of those killed were suffocated when they rushed in to help others trapped inside.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Zahran Qasemi condemned the tunnel destruction. “The bloodthirsty Zionist regime is trying to bend the will of the oppressed people of the occupied territories by killing Palestinian youths,” Qasemi said.
But Israeli leaders have repeatedly warned they will not tolerate smuggling tunnels for weapons transfers or for committing acts of terror against residents of southern Israel.