"There seems to be a change, a paradigm here in how these terror tunnels will be able to threaten us in the future", he said.
Conricus said that Israeli intelligence had monitored the tunnel for months, adding that at no time were any Israeli military personnel or civilians at risk.
An Israeli military jeep drives near the area where the Israeli forces said a "significant" cross-border attack tunnel from the Gaza Strip, which was being dug by the enclave's dominant Islamist group, Hamas, was destroyed, near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip December 10, 2017.
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The demolition of the tunnel, which began in Khan Younis and extended past the Israeli-Gaza border into farmland in southern Israel near the Gaza border, comes about six weeks after another tunnel was discovered and blown up, while members of the Islamic Jihad, which was digging the tunnel, were inside.
The army official has called the construction of the tunnel an infringement upon Israeli sovereignty, for which Hamas "carries a double responsibility".
Over the weekend, Israeli airstrikes hit several militant sites in Gaza in response to rocket fire, killing two Hamas militants. The army did not believe there were any casualties inside the tunnel after it had been demolished, he told journalists.
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Hamas, the armed group that controls Gaza, declined to comment. Nevertheless, the IDF said Thursday that it "holds Hamas responsible for the hostile activity perpetrated against Israel from the Gaza Strip". The 3 billion shekel ($850 million) wall will span the 51-kilometer border. The IDF is making clear this evening (Sunday) that it chose to destroy the tunnel without blowing it up in order to reduce any potential reactions from the terrorist organization.
During the 2014 Gaza war, Hamas militants launched surprise attacks from tunnels that crossed under Israel's security fence and into Israel.
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