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Israeli military says top mission is countering Gaza tunnels

Israel's top general said Tuesday that the military's number one mission for the coming year is to counter the renewed threat posed by militant attack tunnels from Gaza.

Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said Gaza's Hamas rulers have been rebuilding the sophisticated network of underground tunnels that Israel targeted during the 2014 war. He said destroying this network is the military's top priority for 2016, adding that it's not deceived by the current relative calm along the Israel-Gaza border.

"Hamas is diverting great resources to restore what it considers a pattern that allows it to enter Israel discreetly and carry out attacks," Eisenkot said at an event at the...