IDF says troops demolished Gaza hideout belonging to Sinwar, large tunnel system below it

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

This image from video shows a Hamas tunnel under an apartment near Gaza City believed to have been used as a hideout by Yahya Sinwar, in a video published by the IDF on December 29, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
This image from video shows a Hamas tunnel under an apartment near Gaza City believed to have been used as a hideout by Yahya Sinwar, in a video published by the IDF on December 29, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF says it has located and demolished a hideout apartment belonging to Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar in northern Gaza, along with a large tunnel system under it.

The apartment, located on the outskirts of Gaza City, was found by the 14th Reserve Armored Brigade and later investigated by the elite Yahalom combat engineering unit, which found a tunnel shaft.

The IDF says it found “many findings” in the apartment that indicated it was used by Sinwar as a hideout.

The tunnel shaft was some 20 meters deep, and led to a 218 meter long tunnel with several branches, according to the IDF.

The underground passages featured electricity, air filtration systems, plumbing, resting and prayer rooms, and other equipment aimed at allowing senior Hamas members to remain hidden for long periods.

The tunnel was later destroyed by combat engineers, the IDF says.

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