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“Significant Hamas Tunnel Capable of Accommodating Vehicles Unearthed Near Key Israeli Border Crossing”-1

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Israeli forces have unearthed the largest Hamas-built tunnel in Gaza, raising concerns about how such a significant passage remained undetected amid heightened intelligence concerns following Hamas’ October 7 attack. Discovered just a quarter-mile from a crucial crossing between Israel and northern Gaza, the tunnel poses questions about security lapses.

Key Details

The tunnel, located several weeks ago but disclosed only recently, reaches depths of up to 164 feet and spans a length of two-and-a-half miles, according to the Israeli military. Its entrance is in close proximity to the Erez crossing into Israel, which was breached during the October 7 attack. The nearby Israeli military base witnessed casualties, with at least three soldiers killed and others abducted by Hamas fighters.

Significance of the Tunnel: Hamas 

Dubbed “Sinwar’s secret” after Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar and his brother Mohammad, the tunnel is designated for the movement of substantial military assets. Lt. Col. Richard Hecht, an Israeli military spokesperson, stated that the tunnel facilitated the transportation of military supplies and vehicles in preparation for the October 7 attack.

Israeli Military’s Response

While Israel had previous knowledge of the extensive tunnel network, known as the “Gaza Metro,” linking Gaza to Israel and Egypt, the newly revealed large section may have gone undetected due to its proximity to the Israeli border. Israeli intelligence typically focuses on tunnels extending into Israel, according to Maj. Nir Dinar.

Search and Rescue Operation

Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari emphasized Israel’s commitment to tracking down Hamas operatives, even within the tunnels. The military’s focus extends to the rescue of hostages, acknowledging the possibility that some may be in the tunnels.

Post-Attack Considerations

Following the October 7 attack, which resulted in casualties and hostages, questions arose about how extensive preparations by Hamas went unnoticed. Videos released by the terrorist group showcased detailed planning, including practice sessions simulating border breaches and attacks on mock Israeli town structures.

Ongoing Efforts and U.S. Involvement

Israeli soldiers have identified over 800 tunnel exits since the war began, though the full extent remains unknown. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is set to visit Israel, urging a shift from large-scale bombings to more targeted operations aimed at eliminating Hamas leaders. This directive follows President Joe Biden’s acknowledgment of a rift with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, expressing concern over the impact of Israel’s bombing campaign.

In the complex aftermath of the conflict, Israel grapples with tunnel discoveries, intelligence challenges, and international considerations.

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