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Israel planning to flood Gaza tunnels with seawater

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Published: 04:12, 5 December 2023

Israel planning to flood Gaza tunnels with seawater

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Israel has assembled a large system of pumps while reportedly planning to flood tunnels used by Hamas under Gaza strip. This came in a bid to drive out the Hamas fighters after the battle between Hamas and Israeli troops prolongs since Hamas’ attack on Israel on 7th October. The Wall Street Journal reported this information on Monday (4 December) citing US Officials.

According to the report, Israel's army completed the installation of at least five pumps about a mile north of the Al-Shati refugee camp that can move thousands of cubic meters of water per hour, flooding the tunnels within weeks.

However, as per the report, it was unclear whether Israel would consider using the pumps before all hostages were released. Hamas has previously stated that captives are being held in "safe places and tunnels."

When asked about the issue, a US official said it made sense for Israel to render the tunnels inoperable and that the country was exploring a range of ways to do that.

Israel's defense ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

When asked about the plan an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) official declined to comment on the flooding plan but was quoted as saying: "The IDF is operating to dismantle Hamas's terror capabilities in various ways, using different military and technological tools."

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