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Hamas claims Israel cannot destroy tunnel network

Despite Israel's relentless bombing of Hamas' leadership and tunnels, the Islamic resistance group claims the network will survive the assault.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Israel Defense Forces claims that Hamas has been investing most of its resources in digging tunnels under the Gaza Strip, particularly in the north. A maze of interconnected tunnels akin to a metro network was built underground across the coastal enclave, and the Israeli forces are intent on demolishing it.

At the beginning of 2021, Basil Salhieh, the former head of Hamas’ military wing the Izz ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, warned in video messages that Israel has a map of Gaza’s tunnels and was preparing to demolish them in the next conflict. Salhieh said that he had spoken to Hamas’ leadership about this issue, and was determined to spread his message. But his warnings were brushed aside and Al-Qassam Brigades arrested him for posting the videos.

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