Israel 'destroys' tunnel from Gaza that crossed barrier

IDF destroys 'long, high-quality' Hamas terror tunnel reaching into Israel

IDF destroys 'long, high-quality' Hamas terror tunnel reaching into Israel

Officials from the Eshkol region adjacent to the border informed residents on Sunday that the firebombs had caused several fires but had not caused injuries.

Last Wednesday, a burnt kite was discovered near where a fire was extinguished in the vicinity of Kibbutz Be'eri. The kite fell to the ground in the Gaza Strip and caused no injuries.

On Saturday, fire investigators found a kite string at the scene of yet another fire near Kibbutz Be'eri, and on Sunday, a kite decorated in the colors of the Palestinian flag was found at the site of a blaze at the nearby Kibbutz Kissufim. "The public is asked to be alert and to report any unusual fire incident", the council said.

Israel, meanwhile, accused Gaza militant groups of using the protests as a cover to either break through the border or launch terror attacks.

At least 35 Palestinians have been martyred and more than 3,000 wounded by Israeli army gunfire since the most recent round of demonstrations began on March 30.

The protests are calling for the right of Palestinian refugees and their descendants, who according to the United Nations make up around two thirds of Gaza's population, to return to their homeland inside what is now Israel. That day will mark the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment - an event Palestinians refer to as the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe".