02:26 GMT01 November 2020
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    TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - The Israeli forces have conducted an airstrike hitting a target in the southern Gaza Strip, the army’s press service said Sunday.

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have discovered and destroyed an underground tunnel entering Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip that was built by the Palestinian militants, the IDF press service said Sunday.

    "The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible for everything happening in and out of the Gaza Strip," the press release added.

    It was also noted that Kerem Shalom border crossing on the Gaza Strip-Israel border would be closed later in the day for security reasons.

    Tensions between Israel and Palestinians flared up after US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocate US embassy to the city from Tel Aviv. Also, Trump claimed that Palestine was "no longer willing to talk peace" with Israel, and questioned the issue of giving aid payments to UNRWA.

    Recently, the Palestine Liberation Organization urged to convene an international conference under the auspices of the United Nations with the aim of creating an independent Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem.


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