Israeli soldiers discovered a tunnel dug from a garbage dump in the Gaza Strip to nearby Israeli communities, intended for smuggling terrorists and weapons. “The determination in uncovering the tunnel prevented a terror attack in Israeli territory,” said Yoav Galant, an army official. Colonel Moni Katz said that information on the tunnel had been conveyed to the Palestinians, but the Palestinian Authority did not deal with the matter. “Once again we see an exploitation of facilities intended for the Palestinians’ welfare by the terror organizations,” he said. This was the first time since Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in August that Palestinians have tried to burrow underneath the border fence surrounding the Strip.