The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has made an incredible discovery. They have found what is being called the largest Hamas tunnel in Gaza ever discovered. The tunnel stretches for over 6 miles in total and is believed to be significantly larger than any others found in the past.
The tunnel was discovered by IDF forces while they were on a mission to look for potential tunnels running from Gaza into Israeli territory. During the mission, the IDF forces identified an opening that could potentially be a tunnel. After further investigation, the IDF forces found that the opening was in fact the entrance to a tunnel and that it stretched beyond the border, in some cases as deep as a few hundred meters beneath the surface.
The incredible size of the tunnel gives credence to the ideas that Hamas has been planning large tunnels for a long time now. The tunnels are used as a means of transport and as a way for Hamas militants to slip past Israeli security. The tunnels are also believed to be used as a means of smuggling weapons, goods, and medication in and out of Gaza.
The discovery of this large tunnel has posed another challenge to Israeli security forces. It is likely that similar tunnels exist in other parts of Gaza that are yet to be discovered. The task of discovering the tunnels is daunting and the IDF forces have to stay one step ahead of Hamas operatives.
Given the severity of the challenge, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to eradicate the “terror tunnels” and has promised extra resources to the IDF forces to ensure that they are able to properly identify and deal with such tunnels.
This is not the first tunnel to be discovered, but it is the largest one as of yet. It shows that Hamas is increasingly relying on tunnels and that it has the capacity to implement large tunnel systems to evade Israeli forces.