New video reveals “the most important Hamas tunnel” but found by Israel — and consists of eerie footage of the Palestinian terrorists constructing it.
The constructing of the large 2.5-mile-long labyrinth was overseen by Mohammad Sinwar, the brother of Oct. 7 mastermind Yahya Sinwar, Israeli officers mentioned Sunday.
The Israel Protection Forces mentioned the newly found huge tunnel underneath Gaza is broad sufficient to permit automobiles and heavy gear to journey by it and outfitted in sections with railroad-like tracks, electrical energy and air flow programs.
“EXPOSED: The largest Hamas terrorist tunnel found,” the IDF mentioned in a tweet posting the footage.
“This huge tunnel system branches out and spans effectively over 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). Its entrance is situated solely 400 meters (1,310 ft) from the Erez Crossing—utilized by Gazans every day to enter Israel for work and medical remedy in Israeli hospitals,” the Israeli military wrote.
“This tunnel system was a venture led by Mohammad Sinwar, the brother of Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar, and the commander of Hamas’ Khan Yunis Battalion,” it added.
Different footage included within the submit was mentioned to have been retrieved from Hamas “weeks in the past” exhibiting the terrorists touring by and sustaining the big tunnel corridors, in line with the IDF.
The video reveals dozens of Hamas members establishing the passageways throughout an undisclosed date, with a number of cuts to the totally different corridors that the tunnel is linked to.
One such hallway results in a broken door, and as soon as the terrorists break by it, they’re met with a destroyed room.
One other clip reveals a Hamas member locking a cell contained in the tunnels, and a separate lower reveals a ladder that results in a separate exit inside Gaza.
The clips additionally provide a uncommon take a look at Hamas members utilizing a drill to excavate underground, extending the tunnel system and including shafts for plumbing and electrical work.
The IDF alleged that the big tunnel was a venture led by Sinwar’s brother, Mohammad Sinway, who additionally serves because the commander of Hamas’ Khan Younis battalion.
The placement of the tunnel is alarming given its proximity to the Erez Crossing.
For the reason that conflict started, Israel mentioned it has uncovered greater than 800 tunnel corridors throughout Gaza, all entrances to the estimated 300-mile-long subterranean system operated by Hamas.
Whereas the tactic may see the tunnel system flooded and inoperable, serving as a significant plow to Hamas, it has its personal dangers, as lots of the hostages are believed to be held underground.
Environmental specialists have additionally warned that such a technique would have long-lasting impacts on the groundwater throughout the Gaza Strip.
The pumping is in an early stage, and its effectiveness remains to be being studied, the Journal reported, including that different techniques embrace airstrikes, liquid explosives and the dispatch of canines, drones and robots into the tunnels.