The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have confirmed that they have flooded tunnels in Gaza with large quantities of water as part of their efforts to attack the territory. terrorist infrastructure of Hamas.
The Israeli military says its forces, along with the Israeli Defense Ministry, used various tools to flood the underground network of tunnels that Hamas uses in the Gaza Strip, in order to drive out terrorists hiding there. The flooding had been considered an open secret for weeks, but the Israeli military finally confirmed the strategy on Tuesday.
“These capabilities consist of installing pumps and pipelines, materializing technical developments and locating tunnel shafts suitable for the deployment of these tools,” the Israeli army said in a statement.
“The capacity has been developed professionally, including analysis of the soil characteristics and water systems of the area to ensure that the groundwater in the area is not damaged. Pumping of water does not was carried out only in tunnels and locations that were appropriate, adapting the procedure to each case.
The Israeli military said that this strategy represents a significant technical and technological advancement in combating the threat of Hamas’ underground terrorist infrastructure and is the result of a collaborative effort between various agencies. in Israel security establishment.
The Israeli army did not provide further details on the flooding of the tunnels.
However, the Wall Street Journal reported last month that Israel has built five large seawater pumps completed in November about a mile north of the Al-Shati refugee camp. Each pump is capable of drawing water from the Mediterranean Sea and moving thousands of cubic meters of water per hour, which would flood the tunnels within weeks, the report said.
According to the report, Israel had identified approximately 800 tunnels under Gaza that Hamas used to move fighters, store weapons and plan terrorist attacks against Israel. However, Israeli officials believe the tunnel network is much larger.
A report sent this month by IDF troops said it was likely that Hamas “used more than 6,000 tons of concrete and 1,800 tons of metal to build hundreds of kilometers of underground infrastructure.”
It is unclear how many tunnels were flooded by Israeli forces or how many Hamas terrorists were captured or killed in these operations.
Israel seeks to eradicate Palestinian terror group after capturing some 240 people the October 7 attack on Israel and brought them back to the Gaza Strip. Hamas freed 105 hostages during a November truce.
Israel says around 1,200 people were killed in the October 7 surprise attack. A UN report last week estimated that around 16,000 people were killed as a result of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza.
The Israeli military said the flooding of the tunnels is part of a series of tools deployed by the IDF to neutralize the threat from Hamas.
Other efforts include airstrikes, underground combat operations and special operations using technological means, the Israeli military said.
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Chris Pandolfino of Fox News contributed to this report.
Original article source: Israel floods tunnels in Gaza to drive out Hamas terrorists (IDF)