Israel: Army confirms flooding of Hamas tunnels in Gaza Strip

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The Israeli army has confirmed that it has flooded Hamas tunnels in the Gaza Strip

The Israeli military has confirmed for the first time that tunnels in the Gaza Strip have been flooded

The Israeli military has confirmed for the first time that it has flooded a Hamas tunnel in the Gaza Strip. “Neutralizing the underground terrorist infrastructure,” the IDF said. According to a media report, at least half of all buildings in Gaza have been damaged or destroyed.

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The Israeli military says it has poured “massive amounts of water” into tunnels belonging to the terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The military spoke of “technological progress”. According to a media report, this method fell short of Israeli expectations.

I amIsrael's military has confirmed for the first time that “massive amounts of water” have flooded Islamist Hamas tunnels in the Gaza Strip. “Neutralizing the underground terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip,” the military announced Tuesday evening. The military spoke of “significant technical and technological progress” in the fight against terrorism.

The Army said that soil surveys were carried out to ensure that groundwater is not affected by floods. Water was pumped only through suitable tunnels. The Israeli military continues to use explosives to destroy tunnels.

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American media had already reported in December that Israel's military was carrying out flooding tests in tunnels where the hostages were not suspected. Seawater was pumped into some of the tunnels to see if this method was suitable for large-scale destruction of the tunnel network. Experts said the tactic could have dramatic consequences for the environment.

The map shows the progress of the Israeli ground offensive in the Gaza Strip

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According to US media, the Islamist Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip is between 480 and 720 kilometers long. According to the American newspaper “The Wall Street Journal“60 to 80 percent of the underground lines are still intact. In Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, in some cases underground walls or other barriers have stopped the flow of water during flood attempts. Overall, the paper wrote, this method was “not as effective as the Israeli delegation had hoped.”

According to a study conducted by the US Military Academy West Point, hidden passages are an “underground nightmare”. The Israeli military also calls the tunnel system the “Gaza Metro”. As of early December, the military said it had found more than 800 tunnel entrances, 500 of which had been destroyed.

Israel suspects the leadership of the Hamas terror organization and Israeli hostages in the tunnel network below Khan Yunis. The tunnel system is seen as the biggest challenge for the Israeli military in the war against Hamas.

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