IDF Uncovers Largest-Ever Hamas Attack Tunnel, Raids Hamas Leaders’ Vacation Homes
The IDF on Sunday, December 17, revealed the largest-ever Hamas attack tunnel discovered by the military, in the northern Gaza Strip, close to the Erez border crossing with Israel.
The tunnel, around four kilometers (2.5 miles) was uncovered by the IDF, goes down some 50 meters (165 feet) underground in some areas, and appears to be wide enough for vehicles to pass through. It did not enter Israeli territory.
According to the IDF, the tunnel has several branches and junctions, along with plumbing, electricity, and communication lines. In some parts of the tunnel, troops found blast doors, which the IDF said were intended to prevent Israeli troops from entering.
“Its width indicates that it was intended to have been used for vehicle-borne raids against civilians in the Gaza border communities,” said the commander of the Gaza Division’s Northern Brigade, Col. Haim Cohen, in a video statement.
Further, soldiers with the Israel Defense Forces’ 7th Armored Brigade raided the vacation homes of several key senior Hamas commanders in southern Gaza, including Yahya Sinwar, and uncovered a secret tunnel hidden under a baby crib in the northern strip, officials said also on Sunday.
Additionally, IDF troops successfully struck dozens of Hamas’ missile launch sites and observation posts, took out an outpost that belonged to Hamas’ Deir al-Balah battalion, and recovered intelligence materials, the Israeli military said. Israeli soldiers also conducted a raid at the home of a member of Hamas’ elite Nukhba forces, seizing weapons and equipment, the IDF added. (TOI / VFI News)
“Lord, we ask that You would continue to help our troops uncover tunnels and other facilities that are intended to harm Israel. We pray that the plans of the enemy will be exposed and stopped before they can wreak havoc on the people of Israel.”