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The Israeli army destroys a tunnel between Gaza and its territory

The operation occurs in a moment of great tension after Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

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The Israeli army destroys a tunnel between Gaza and its territory
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The Israeli army has dynamited anor tunnel on Gaza border, according to a statement from which Agence France Presee is echoed. It is unknown if re are fatalities. The demolished tunnel stretches from Gaza to Israeli territory. The operation takes place in a moment of great tension after President of United States, Donald Trump, it has recognized this Wednesday with millennial Jerusalem as capital of Israel and has ordered a plan to move re its embassy.

Military spokesman Jonathan Conricus has assured that intelligence has shown that tunnel was discovered a few weeks ago and that it belonged to Islamist movement Hamas, which operates Gaza Strip. This is second operation of this type in recent weeks, with last tunnel destroyed belonging to Islamic Jihad. These tunnels have been used in past to carry out attacks.

Israel considers that tunnels that penetrate its territory from Gaza are offensive targets that must be destroyed in order to prevent armed groups from infiltrating ir territory in order to perpetrate attacks or commit kidnappings. The last few weeks have accelerated construction of an underground wall around 65 kilometres of border with Gaza Strip. This project of Israeli Ministry of Defense to block attacks on ground against populations near border has a budget of 3 billion of shequels (about 750 million euros).

During summer War of 2014 (Operation Protective margin) Israel located and destroyed 31 tunnels on Gaza border. Military intelligence services estimated in August that re were about 15 subterranean passageways still operational.

Several injured in a clash with police near U.S. Embassy in Lebanon protesters protest in front of U.S. Embassy in Lebanon. WAEL HAMZEH EFE

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The Lebanese security forces have used this Sunday tear gas and water cannons against protesters who were protesting near U.S. embassy against Donald Trump's decision this Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel.

Several hundred Propalestinian protesters have gared around this building, located in town of Awkar, in norrn Beirut, with intention of protesting inside. However, y have not been able to access complex, protected by a metal door. Several people have been injured.

Among protesters were members of Palestinian groups, Islamists, and Lebanese left-wing partisans screaming slogans against Trump.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees live in Lebanon, including those who were expelled from ir homes after creation of Israel, in 1948, and ir descendants. Israel occupied sourn Lebanon for 22 years until it withdrew its troops in year 2000 but both countries are still officially at war.

In 2006, Israelis carried out a war against Hezbollah movement in Lebanon that left more than 1,200 Lebanese dead, mostly civilians, as well as 120 Israelis, most of m soldiers.

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