Hamas Tunnel Is a Highway To Hell
19 December 2023, Courier-Mail, by Charles Miranda
The Israel Defence Force has revealed it has uncovered the largest Hamas tunnel as it presses on with its offensive in Gaza, despite growing international calls for a ceasefire and pleas from relatives to bring home the remaining hostages.
The IDF released pictures on Monday of what it said was a 4km-long tunnel 50m underground in the north of the Gaza Strip close to the Erez border crossing with Israel.
It is said to be wide enough for vehicles to pass through, with the IDF later releasing video footage showing Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar’s brother Muhammad Sinwar, whom they said was the “leader of the tunnel construction project”, driving a car inside the tunnel.
One of the shafts stops just 400m from the Erez crossing, which was used to allow Palestinians into Israel for work and medical care.
“Its width indicates that it was intended to have been used for vehicle-borne raids against civilians in the Gaza border communities,” Commander of the Gaza Division’s Northern Brigade Colonel Haim Cohen said in a video statement.
The IDF said Hamas terrorists had invested “millions of dollars” constructing its network of tunnels under the Gaza Strip and had used smuggled tunnel-boring machines and teams of Hamas terrorists “who came especially for its construction from Khan Younis (in the southern Gaza Strip) to the north of the Gaza Strip.”
Kahn Younis has been under heavy Israeli bombardment since the ceasefire ended, with hundreds of civilians – mainly women and children – killed in the ongoing onslaught.
“It’s a city. A terrorist city underground that Hamas dug and built instead of investing money in the residents of Gaza,” IDF spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said.
“We will continue to uncover the terrorist cities of Hamas underground, soon we will uncover more cities that we will take care of, we will kill terrorists (inside them) and destroy them,” he said.
The IDF said it is aware of at least three similarly sized tunnels in Gaza.
It comes as the IDF released images from inside the Gaza building where three Israeli hostages were mistakenly shot and killed by those meant to rescue them.
The images show the words “SOS” and “Help, 3 hostages” written on fabric using leftover food. It is believed the three hostages – Yotam Haim, Samar Talalka, and Alon Lulu Shamriz – were staying in that building after either escaping their captors or were abandoned by them.
The three were shot dead after approaching Israeli soldiers while shirtless and waving a white flag.
“Following the tragic incident in which three Israeli hostages were accidentally shot by the IDF, searches were carried out in the building near the scene of the incident, where signs for help were written, apparently using leftover food,” Rear Admiral Hagari said.
“Based on the investigation of the incident in the field, it appears that the three abductees were in the building where they were located.
“The investigation of the incident continues.
“The IDF has informed the families of the additional findings found so far, and will continue to do so,” he said.Article link: https://todayspaper.couriermail.com.au/infinity/article_popover_share.aspx?guid=347a6165-8c92-4474-8a09-5ac5036f52dc&share=true
Article source: Courier-Mail | Charles Miranda | 19.12.23