It was cleared for publication Sunday the IDF had exploded a Hamas terror tunnel reaching hundreds of meters into Israeli territory.
In response, Hamas threatened that "the enemy must be afraid and know it will pay a price for breaking the rules of engagement with the Gaza resistance. The coming days will prove the enormity of the enemy's mistake and miscalculation as to the resistance's willpower."
The army revealing the tunnel's existence came on the heels of three rockets being launched from Gaza Friday evening, one of which was intercepted and two exploding within Sderot's city limits. Two people were treated for anxiety and nearby cars were damaged.
The IDF attacked in northern Gaza twice in retaliation over the weekend with air force jets bombing Hamas weapons manufacturing sites and ammunitions caches.
Several communities on Gaza's perimeter began to instruct their citizens—of their own volition but with IDF coordination—to remain near shelters following mounting tensions.