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Israel discovers the largest Hamas tunnel found to date

Israel discovers the largest Hamas tunnel found to date

Israeli forces have discovered a tunnel dug by Hamas, the largest yet discovered It is 4 kilometers long and in some places up to 50 meters deep.

Where is the tunnel?

The tunnel is located near the Erez Pass in northern Gaza, next to the border fence separating the enclave from Israeli territory, and could even allow vehicles to pass through due to its width. It was also used to transport weapons.

However, the “attack tunnel” does not extend into Israeli territory. One of the entrances is located about 400 meters from the Erez border crossing, which was used primarily to control the passage of Palestinians into Israeli territory, mainly for work purposes.

Erez has been closed since October 7, when Hamas militants stormed Israeli territory and killed around 1,200 people, triggering Israel’s current retaliatory military offensive that has already killed more than 19,000 people, most of them civilians.

The tunnel has several branches and crossings, water pipes, power and communication lines, and armored doors designed to prevent Israeli forces from entering.

“Its width suggests that they intended to use it for vehicle raids against civilians in communities near the Gaza border,” a military spokesman, Haim Cohen, told The Times of Israel newspaper.

The Israeli armed forces have also released images and videos of the construction of the tunnel. According to the military’s statement, Hamas members expelled from Khan Younis used special machines to carry out their excavations.

The construction would be carried out by Mohamed Sinwar, commander of Hamas’ Southern Brigade and brother of Hamas’s leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar. The work would use tunnel boring machines secretly introduced into the Gaza Strip and would have a budget of millions of dollars.

Israel had previously reported attacks by Hamas militias from underground tunnels and also the deaths of several militants in these facilities dug into the ground. Last week it was reported that 800 tunnel entrances have been discovered and 500 have already been destroyed since the ground offensive in Gaza began.

In addition, pumping of seawater in the tunnel network was used “successfully” to paralyze these facilities and force militiamen to come to the surface. A military spokesman, Daniel Hagari, when asked on Thursday about the risk of harming the hostages, said these measures were being taken taking into account intelligence information to avoid harming the 128 kidnapped people who are estimated to remain in the hostages. Gaza Strip.

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