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Israeli Military Finds 800 Shafts, Destroys Over 50%

Civilian deaths from war are increasingly worrying world powers.

Jerusalem:

The Israeli military announced on Sunday that since the Gaza ground operation began on October 27, it had discovered 800 shafts leading to Hamas’ vast underground tunnels and bunkers, and destroyed more than half of them.

Palestinian groups say that before the eight-week war began in Gaza, they had hundreds of kilometers of tunnels – a network comparable in size to New York’s subway system – that served as defense and operational bases.

As a result, they are prime targets for Israeli airstrikes, including penetrating weapons, military engineers using mapping robots, and explosive gel poured into the corridors.

“The tunnel shafts were located in civilian areas, and many were near or inside civilian buildings and structures, such as schools, kindergartens, mosques, and playgrounds,” the military said in a statement on Sunday.

The statement summarized anti-tunneling operations to date and followed near-daily media reports by troops claiming to have discovered entry shafts on civilian sites.

Civilian casualties from war are increasingly worrying world powers. The US government on Saturday urged Israel to be cautious.

The military announced that of the approximately 800 shafts discovered, 500 were destroyed through various tactics such as “explosions and blockades.” It added that “miles of” major tunnel routes were also destroyed.

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