He added intelligence indicated the tunnel belonged to Hamas, the militant organization that controls Gaza, but no Israeli military personnel or civilians were considered at risk and there was no exit point at the time it was destroyed.
Such tunnels have been used in the past to carry out attacks. It now seems that there is a possibility to discover additional terror tunnels, which challenges Hamas from restraining itself.
The tunnel was "a blatant breach of Israel's sovereignty, an unacceptable situation which prompted the IDF's actions", the military said, and its exposure was "an operational success based on advanced technology, a testimony to the IDF's upgraded abilities".
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It was the second such operation in recent weeks, with the last tunnel destroyed on October 30. Hamas did not respond immediately to a request for comment. Meanwhile, Hamas's "restraint" forces are preventing rocket-launchers from reaching the Israeli border area, as attempted launches towards Israel have landed in Gaza.
Conricus described the tunnel as "very substantial", saying it contained communication systems, air vents, electricity and reinforced concrete structure. "I hope that in the coming months the threat of tunnels on the residents surrounding Gaza will become a thing of the past", he said.
The ancient city's status is considered the capital city of both Israel and Palestine.
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Over the weekend, Israeli airstrikes hit several militant sites in Gaza in response to rocket fire, killing two Hamas militants.
"Our battle for Jerusalem is going on round the clock, above and under the ground", the statement said.
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