Israel said Friday it had uncovered a new Gaza “terrorist” tunnel reaching into the Jewish state, but Hamas said the tunnel was old and had been exposed by storms.

The tunnel “reaches hundreds of meters (yards) into Israel” from the besieged Palestinian enclave, army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner told reporters, adding that it was designed for carrying out a “terrorist attack”.

Lerner did not give the exact location of the tunnel, saying it was “engineered with substantial concrete slabs… and varies in depth from six to eight meters”.