Israeli forces raid, make arrests after West Bank auto ramming

Israeli soldiers check the ID of a Palestinian driver at a checkpoint in the West Bank

Israeli soldiers check the ID of a Palestinian driver at a checkpoint in the West Bank

A statement released by the Shin Bet security forces said that Abd Al Karim Assi, 19, was captured in the West Bank city of Nablus early on Sunday, in an overnight joint operation of the Shin Bet, military and police.

Israel's military targeted a Hamas observation post on Saturday after an explosive device detonated near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, the military said. The tunnel destruction followed Israeli airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza in response to bombs planted along the border, in an attempt to harm Israeli soldiers. In January, Israeli planes destroyed a terror tunnel underneath the Kerem Shalom crossing, and a second tunnel, which extended into both Israel and Sinai, was destroyed in February.

Israel's Army Radio said that witnesses described the incident as a deliberate ramming attack.

"The time has come for the global community to realize that the assistance funds to Gaza are being buried underground". Hamas claimed that the tunnel had been built for the objective of smuggling goods into Gaza.

The latest tunnel destruction is the fourth in as many months by Israeli forces.

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He said the connection point between the old and new tunnels was located some 200 meters from the border. The statement added that it did not expect a Hamas retaliation for the demolition of the tunnels.

"It was a subterranean complex, a military complex", said Cornicus, the Israeli military spokesman.

Israeli soldiers inspected his family home following Friday's attack in readiness to demolish it. It was not clear if the tunnel in the video was among those destroyed Sunday.

Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, dismissed the Israeli claim, saying their foes were "marketing fake achievements" in an attempt to raise the morale of its soldiers and Israelis living nearby.

'The continuous Israeli escalation against the Gaza Strip and targeting the resistance sites is a pre-emptive Israeli attempt to destabilise the enclave and terrorise its residents in order to undermine the Great March or Return and Breaking the Siege, ' the statement read.

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