Israeli officials have frozen the delivery of construction materials into the besieged Gaza Strip after they discovered a terror tunnel connecting the Palestinian coastal enclave to Israel.
The Israeli army announced on Sunday that the 1.7 kilometers-long tunnel, which was approximately 18 meters underground, was discovered on October 7.
“Due to security reasons, (the army) decided to stop for now the transfer of building materials into Gaza,” Guy Inbar, an Israeli military official, said.
The Israeli army blamed the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas for the construction of the tunnel.
On September 22, Israel permitted delivery of cement and steel for use by the private sector into the Gaza Strip for the first time since 2007.
The shipment consisted of 40 trucks filled with gravel, 20 with cement and 10 with steel.
Construction materials have been smuggled for years from Egypt into the Gaza Strip through tunnels underneath the border town of Rafah.
The Egyptian army destroyed many of those tunnels following the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood’s fall from power in Egypt.
Gaza has been blockaded since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.
The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.
By Press TV
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