A Palestinian fighter from the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, gestures inside an underground tunnel in Gaza in this August 18, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem/Files
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Israel said Monday it had unearthed a new cross-border tunnel dug by Hamas fighters from the Gaza Strip, the first such discovery since the 2014 war, but played down the prospect of renewed conflict.Since being blindsided by Hamas tunnel raiders during the war, Israel has, with U.S. help, stepped up work on technologies for spotting the secret passages. The tunnel made public Monday was discovered days earlier but kept under wraps by Israel as it probed what it said were hundreds of meters (yards) of shafts on the Israeli side of the border near southeast Gaza. The Gaza periphery is now mostly quiet, except for occasional Palestinian rocket attacks Israel says were carried out by Islamist groups that view Hamas as too lenient.
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