IDF says 100 km of Gaza tunnels bombed, 225 terrorists killed throughout campaign

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

The Israel Defense Forces says it destroyed more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) of defensive tunnels in the Gaza Strip during the past 11 days of fighting and killed some 225 Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad members, including 25 senior commanders.

In a quantitative review of the campaign, dubbed Operation Guardian of the Walls, the military says it also destroyed hundreds of rocket launchers and related infrastructure and struck a “serious blow” to Hamas and the Islamic Jihad’s rocket production capabilities.

According to the IDF, the military also destroyed dozens of facilities used by Hamas’s military wing, nine of them high-rise towers, including one used by the Associated Press, Al-Jazeera and other international media outlets, as well as a number of buildings used by the terror group in its day-to-day governing of the Gaza Strip.

This included 10 government offices, 11 interior ministry branches and five banks, “which managed terrorist money,” the IDF says.

On the defensive side, the military says it thwarted a number of attempted raids, destroyed dozens of anti-tank guided missile teams, and intercepted seven drone attacks and two naval attacks.

The IDF says the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted some 90 percent of the incoming rockets that it was meant to.

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