World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli forces backed by bulldozers staged a limited incursion into the Gaza Strip on Monday morning from the strip's eastern border, eyewitnesses said.
"Four Israeli bulldozers began moving from Kissufim, the largest Israeli military site on the border with Gaza, and advanced slightly north into the strip," witnesses said.
They added that four Israeli bulldozers – backed by Israeli military vehicles – had cleared the area 300 meters from Gaza's border with Israel while Israeli helicopters hovered overhead.
Eyewitnesses said the Israeli army had intensified its presence in the area since its discovery last week of a tunnel dug from the Gaza Strip into Israel.
The tunnel – allegedly 15 meters deep and stocked with explosives – could have been built to capture Israeli soldiers or carry out attacks inside Israel, Israeli officials said.
It was one of the longest tunnels ever found linking the besieged Palestinian enclave to the self-proclaimed Jewish state.
On Sunday evening, the Ezzedin al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Gaza-based Hamas movement, said that it had dug the tunnel.
The brigades dug the tunnel for "resistance purposes," group spokesman Abu Obeida told Hamas' Al-Aqsa radio channel.Last Mod: 21 Ekim 2013, 13:21