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IDF Hopes to Find Sinwar in Tunnels under Gaza's Khan Yunis

The IDF is focusing its military efforts in Gaza on the tunnel system below the southern city of Khan Yunis, based on the Israeli military’s belief that senior Hamas leaders remain hidden in the vast underground complex.

The IDF has reportedly withdrawn thousands of its soldiers from northern Gaza amid discussions over the military’s transition to the third phase of the war against Hamas in the Strip. However, it has deepened military efforts in the center and south, while close to two full IDF divisions are operating across Khan Yunis, focusing operations on the tunnel complex underneath the city.

According to some estimations, Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar may have surrounded himself with hostages and used them as human shields, which would tie the mission to locate and kill Sinwar together with the IDF’s stated war goal of freeing the hostages.

In Khan Yunis, IDF Soldiers of the 55th Brigade have recently uncovered Hamas equipment and proof that the group has exploited civilian areas.

Meanwhile, the IDF revealed on Thursday, January 11, that using the information collected by IDF troops on the ground and analysis of the tunnels exposed by the forces up until now, it is estimated that over 6,000 tons of concrete and 1,800 tons of metal were used by Hamas to build the hundreds of kilometers of underground infrastructure, at a total cost of tens of millions of dollars. (JPost / VFI News)

“The Lord said to me, ‘Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land.’ ” - Deuteronomy 3:2