Israeli forces have uncovered what they claim to be the largest Hamas tunnel ever discovered in a recent video release. The eerie footage showcases the construction of the tunnel by Palestinian terrorists, shedding light on the extensive network hidden beneath the Israel-Gaza border.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) revealed that the tunnel, spanning over 2.5 miles, was overseen by Mohammad Sinwar, brother of Yahya Sinwar, the mastermind behind the October 7 attacks. The massive labyrinth is vast enough to accommodate vehicles, and heavy machinery, equipped with railroad-like tracks, electricity, and ventilation systems.
In a tweet, the IDF exposed the “largest Hamas terrorist tunnel yet discovered,” emphasizing the significant threat it poses. The tunnel system extends over four kilometers. It has an entrance located only 400 meters from the Erez Crossing, frequently used by Gazans for work and medical treatment in Israeli hospitals.
The video footage from Hamas provides a rare glimpse into the construction and maintenance of the tunnel corridors. The clips depict numerous Hamas members working on tunnel sections, showcasing various exits and chambers.
One scene captures the terrorists breaking through a damaged door, revealing a destroyed room on the other side. Another clip exhibits a Hamas member securing a cell within the tunnels, while a separate cut shows a ladder leading to an alternative exit within Gaza.
The footage also unveils the use of drills by Hamas members to excavate underground, highlighting the expansion of the tunnel system and the addition of plumbing and electrical infrastructure.
According to the IDF, Mohammad Sinwar spearheaded this ambitious tunnel project, serving as the commander of Hamas’ Khan Yunis Battalion. The proximity of the tunnel to the Erez Crossing raises concerns about potential security breaches and attacks targeting Israeli civilians.
Since the conflict began, Israeli forces have discovered over 800 tunnel corridors across Gaza, all part of Hamas’ extensive 300-mile-long subterranean network. More than 500 of these corridors have been destroyed, with Israel resorting to various methods, such as pumping seawater into the tunnels to render them inoperable.
While flooding the tunnel system would deal a significant blow to Hamas, there are risks involved, as many hostages are believed to be held underground. Additionally, environmental experts caution that such tactics could have long-lasting implications for the groundwater in the Gaza Strip.
The IDF continues to explore alternative strategies, including airstrikes, liquid explosives, and the deployment of dogs, drones, and robots to neutralize the threat posed by these tunnels. As Israel remains vigilant in its efforts to ensure the safety of its citizens, the discovery of this extensive Hamas tunnel serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing conflict and the complex security challenges faced by both sides.