Israeli warplanes have struck an essential food supply line tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip hours after the regime’s military closed a goods crossing between the blockaded Palestinian enclave and the occupied territories.

The Israeli military said in a statement on Saturday that its aircraft had hit the tunnel in the southern Rafah region, adjacent to the Egypt-Gaza Strip border. The tunnel was first bombed a day earlier by an Israeli spy drone and later with a missile fired from an F-16 warplane to finish the job and totally destroy the lifeline.

Before striking the target, the Israeli regime had closed off the Karam Abu Salem terminal, and asserted that Hamas “is accountable for all chaos inflicted in the Gaza Strip.

Tel Aviv claims that the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement, which governs Gaza, uses the tunnels to store weapons and infiltrate into the occupied territories.

Hamas, however, says the underground tunnels are needed to defend Gaza against Israeli attacks and transfer essential supplies, including food and fuel, into the besieged Palestinian territory.

Thousands of Israelis have held another anti-corruption demonstration in Tel Aviv, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign days after the release of an audiotape, in which the premier’s son is heard bragging about his father’s role in a shady gas deal.

Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, but has been keeping it under incessant deadly military offensives. In 2007, it imposed a crippling siege on the territory after Hamas won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections and came to power in the enclave.

PressTV.com / AA Magnum Analyst News 2018.

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