Blast door with bullet hole
Israel reports 55 meter long tunnel under Al-Shifa clinic
November 19, 2023, 7:49 p.m
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According to Israeli sources, Hamas has dug hundreds of tunnels in the Gaza Strip for its own protection. The terrorist group’s command centers are also said to be located deep underground – partly hidden under hospitals. The Israeli armed forces now claim to have located one of these tunnels.
The Israeli army has discovered a 55-meter-long tunnel under the Al-Shifa hospital in the city of Gaza, which it attributes to Hamas. The tunnel is ten meters below the clinic, the army explains in a statement. As a video from the Israeli Defense Forces shows, a ladder and a steep spiral staircase lead through the manhole-like opening into the depths to the entrance to the narrow tunnel shaft. At the end, a “massive blast door” with a firing hole for firearms blocks the way into the further tunnel system.
What is behind the door is unclear. The Israeli army claims in its statement that Hamas “uses such doors to prevent Israeli soldiers from entering command centers.” Accordingly, the tunnel entrance was discovered under a pickup truck next to a hospital building. According to the information, the vehicle was secured by a booby trap and loaded with anti-tank missiles, explosives and assault rifles.
Israeli soldiers have been operating on the grounds of Al-Shifa Hospital for days despite international criticism. Israel accuses Hamas of using the hospital for “terrorist purposes” and of operating a “command center” under the buildings. According to the army, “more than 100 terrorists” have been arrested in the Gaza Strip in recent days. These include “responsible people who are said to have revealed the locations of underground tunnels, storage facilities and weapons”. This information cannot be independently verified.
On October 7, hundreds of Hamas terrorists attacked Israel and committed atrocities there. According to Israeli figures, around 1,200 people were killed in Israel and around 240 people were taken hostage to the Gaza Strip.
In response to the Hamas attack, Israel began massive attacks on targets in the Gaza Strip and ground troops also entered the Palestinian territory. According to Hamas figures, which cannot be independently verified, around 13,000 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip since Israeli attacks began six weeks ago.
The radical Islamic terrorist organization is said to have dug a huge tunnel system under the Gaza Strip as a hiding place. It is estimated that the city of Gaza was undermined almost its entire length, width and in some cases on several levels. Accordingly, there could be more than 1,000 tunnels in the coastal strip. Israel often speaks of the “Gaza Metro”.