ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 147

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Hamas likely has extra-deep fortified tunnels for key infrastructure, Israeli engineer tells UK paper

Hamas has likely built multiple layers of underground tunnels, with the lower-level tunnels better defended and likely housing the most significant infrastructure belonging to the Palestinian terror group, an IDF reservist who is a civil engineer has told the UK’s Financial Times.

Yehuda Kfir, an expert in underground warfare, has been quoted saying Hamas likely learned this tactic from previous Israeli airstrikes in 2021 that used “bunker-busters.”

“The lesson Hamas likely learned from the 2021 air strikes… was to dig deeper and to encase the tunnel system with reinforced concrete,” he is quoted as saying. “Hamas [has] likely built different layers of tunnels: An upper ‘defensive’ level with booby-traps, very narrow [tunnels] and the blast-proof doors we’ve already seen, and a lower ‘offensive’ level that is deeper and wider and hold things like logistics centres, living quarters and weapons stores.”

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