Israeli authorities have ordered a halt to the supply of construction materials to the Gaza Strip following the alleged unearthing of a tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip to Israel's Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha.
Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said that Major-General Eitan Dangot, Israel's coordinator of Activities in the Territories, ordered the stop until a re-assessment of the situation is conducted.
Earlier in the day, the Israeli army claimed it uncovered a tunnel about 15 meters deep and filled with explosives from the Gaza Strip.
The allegation could not be verified independently.
According to the Israeli army, the 2.5 kilometers tunnel connects a village between Khan Younis and the Gaza border fence, and Israel's Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha.
Israel's Channel Two quoted security officials as saying that the tunnel could have been built to capture Israeli soldiers or carry out attacks inside Israel, adding that it was one of the longest tunnels that have been exposed yet between the Palestinian territory and Israel.
Haniyeh adviser slams halt
A political adviser to Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh slammed an Israeli decision to halt the supply of construction materials to the strip, saying that Israel tends to take unnecessary security and military excuses to tighten its blockade on the Gaza Strip and collectively punish its people.
"Israel has been toughening up its blockade of the strip since 2007, and the construction materials it allows into Gaza only satisfy 10 percent of the needs here," Youssef Rizka told the Anadolu Agency.
Rizka said Israel is always in the habit of collectively punishing the Palestinian people, particularly when it comes to construction materials and the daily needs of the Gazan people.
"Israeli authorities always tend to link the delivery of these materials to its security considerations," he said.