Israeli report | Much of Hamas’ tunnel network is still in “good working order”

Israeli report | Much of Hamas’ tunnel network is still in “good working order”
Israeli report | Much of Hamas’ tunnel network is still in “good working order”

Agency AJN.- Nine months after the start of the war with Israel, much of Hamas’ tunnel network remains “in good working order” in many parts of Gaza, while the terrorist group still has the capacity to mount incursions near the border with the Jewish state and possibly even across it, Hebrew news channel Channel 12 (C12) reported on Monday, citing a recently drafted assessment by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Hamas tunnels are in good condition in refugee camps in the central Gaza Strip, in most of Rafah in the south, and in Shejaiya in the north. In Khan Younis, also in the south, multiple tunnels targeted by the IDF have been refurbished, as have the factories in the area that produce the concrete for their construction.

While the IDF has focused in recent weeks on attacking Hamas tunnels in Rafah that allow the group to get close to the Israeli border, only a few gateways on the Philadelphia Route along the border between the Palestinian coastal enclave and Egypt were destroyed.

The tunnels in Gaza City, meanwhile, are in a medium to good condition and allow Hamas to get close to the Israeli border. In the hypothetical case that the war were to end right now, Hamas still has the capacity to mount an incursion near the border and perhaps even across it. [aunque] “not on the scale of the past,” the report warned.

The IDF remains very focused on dealing with Hamas’ tunnel network and is gradually destroying it, including near the border. However, relevant IDF officials are concerned and want to make neutralizing the tunnels the first priority.

However, Israeli military chiefs, “given the achievements so far” in the war, continue to say that if a deal can be negotiated with Hamas, “the right thing to do is to stop now to get the hostages back,” C12 concluded.

Senior Israeli defense officials estimated in January that Hamas’s tunnel network in the Strip was between 560 and 725 kilometers long, a staggering figure considering the enclave is only about 225 square kilometers in total area.

 
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