The Israeli Army claimed this Sunday to have found a “fortified tunnel” beneath Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, where it alleges that Hamas has its main command center, and showed photos and videos of the discovery.
“Based on intelligence information from the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet (internal security agency), soldiers exposed a terrorist tunnel 55 meters long and 10 meters deep beneath the Shifa hospital complex,” said a military statement. Israeli forces continue to work to discover the full route of the tunnel, he added.
In the videos released by the Army, a deep staircase is seen leading to the entrance of the tunnel shaft, which “consists of defense means such as “an explosion-proof door and a firing hole”says the Israeli Army.
“The terrorist organization Hamas uses this type of door to prevent Israeli forces from entering command centers and underground assets belonging to Hamas,” he adds.
The military statement specifies that the tunnel shaft was discovered under a shed, “next to a vehicle that contained numerous weapons, including anti-tank launchers, explosives and Kalashnikov rifles.”