Netanyahu says determined to destroy Gaza border tunnels before truce

by Reuters
Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:07 GMT

JERUSALEM, July 31 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that Israel was determined, regardless of ceasefire efforts, to complete the destruction of tunnels that Palestinian militants have built under the Gaza-Israel border.

"We are determined to complete this mission with or without a ceasefire," Netanyahu said in public remarks at the start of a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv. "I wont agree to any proposal that will not enable the Israeli military to complete this important task for the sake of Israel's security."

Major General Sami Turgeman, chief of Israeli forces in Gaza, said on Wednesday they were "but a few days away from destroying all the attack tunnels".

(Reporting by Jeffrey Heller, Editing by Ori Lewis)

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