Middle East

Hamas claims it tests rockets, builds tunnels to attack Israel 'every day'

An Israeli army officer inside a tunnel allegedly used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks, at the Israel-Gaza Border in July 2014.

An Israeli army officer inside a tunnel allegedly used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks, at the Israel-Gaza Border in July 2014.  (AP Photo/Jack Guez, Pool, File)

A senior leader of Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, says its gunmen continue to build attack tunnels into Israel.

Ismail Haniyeh said Friday that militants dig tunnels and test rockets to attack Israel "every day."

He spoke at the funeral of 7 militants who died this week when a tunnel from Gaza to Israel collapsed while they were repairing it.

Hamas has built a sophisticated network of tunnels that it has used to penetrate Israel to carry out attacks on civilians and soldiers. Israel destroyed dozens of the tunnels during the 2014 Gaza war.

Israeli media has reported that people living in communities near the border with Gaza have complained to authorities after hearing tunneling sounds.