IDF says it has destroyed some 400 tunnel shafts in Gaza

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

The Israel Defense Forces says troops have uncovered and destroyed some 400 tunnel shafts in the Gaza Strip since the start of the ground offensive last month.

Troops of the elite Yahalom combat engineering unit have played a significant role in demolishing the Hamas tunnels.

The tunnel entrances have been found deep within civilian infrastructure, including residential buildings, schools, hospitals, and other sites.

The IDF has accused Hamas of using the Palestinian population in Gaza as human shields by deliberately placing its infrastructure within the civilian environment.

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