Hamas in the Gaza border with hundreds of secret tunnels dug (Figure)
Hamas in Gaza’s secret tunnels
China Network News, 6 January 6, according to British media reports, the Israeli army launched a ground offensive in Gaza after Hamas said it will use the ease of secret tunnels to the army launched counterattack. It is believed that a total of Hamas in the Gaza border have dug hundreds of secret tunnels, these tunnels for Hamas to maintain the survival and combat power plays a vital role, so the Israeli military has also been selected targets.
the Gaza Strip despite Israeli air force launched several waves of air strikes target Hamas, but the army commander has acknowledged that Hamas still has a considerable number of weapons and equipment, and trained a large number of weapons The militants are entering Gaza. The secret tunnels in Gaza, the militants and weapons into Gaza smoothly key. After several years of operation, Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, hundreds of secretly digging tunnels, these tunnels is connectivity with each other, even in some of the export side of the Egyptian border. In all of these tunnels, a considerable part of the Palestinian or Egyptian smugglers were digging, they initially wanted to use the tunnel will be a variety of short supply of goods smuggled into Palestine for profit, but was later unified Hamas armed takeover. Hamas then issued an order to declare the Gaza Strip’s Rafah tunnels connecting Egypt centralized management. The command requires the tunnel must be registered and Hamas authorities to accept jurisdiction. This is the Gaza Strip to Hamas in order to regulate the operation of smuggling channels to take action.
a Hamas spokesman, said the interior department, only in the southern Gaza border with Egypt, there are between about 200 tunnels, each tunnel at least about 1 mile. Most of them are some local business owners from the Gaza Strip mining, these people smugglers charge to tunnel through user fees and profit. As long as the Gaza Strip is still blocked state, they have the right to take, including tunneling, including any possible way to protect the life of local residents needs. Local residents said that Hamas control of Gaza Strip shortly after due to lack of work and other employment opportunities in the Palestinian territories has become an important commodity they sell the market. The sale of weapons to the industry more money. For example, through the use of small construction tools like jackhammers, locals say they can within six months digging out a tunnel leading to the Gaza Strip. This is about shoulder width of the channel will be installed on the lights, and mechanical traction system to transport weapons. A local said that most of the weapons smuggled into Gaza are Russian-made, also said that many AK-47 guns from Sudan and transported to Gaza through Egypt.
Egyptian officials hope to stop due to transport weapons activities in Gaza, Rafah is now gradually become the region with the largest police force in Egypt. A local people smugglers claim is that, due to increasingly stringent security checks, weapons smuggling has become very risky. Israeli warplanes have recently launched on the typical day and night bombing, spare no effort to want to block all destined for Gaza, guns, bombs and cash. But Hamas is very good at these authentic looking cover, they will exit and entrance tunnels built in a variety of facilities and high-rise, or even some facilities built for that purpose together. Currently, after Israel launched a ground offensive, in order to avoid attracting all-powerful, Hamas is no longer using mobile phones and cars. Younger members of the Hamas armed Ndiaye door – Taha said, “Our leadership in Gaza and the communication never stopped, we have ground for any possible outbreak of war ready.” Obviously, he Enron is the Hamas leader in Gaza City, under exposure to authentic being.
from the Israeli media reported that an adequate supply of these authentic, effective protection, control and command center operations with high efficiency. In contrast, few people in the region to destroy smuggling tunnels, the Israel Air Force is not difficult, but small price to pay in order to put the hide in the Gaza Strip under Hamas leadership to eradicate, but it is impossible. Israel Defense Forces spokesman Benjamin – Le Telan captain said, Hamas in Gaza, the military built the incredible facilities, including tunnels and missile silos, the only way is to use ground troops capture raids. According to reports, Hamas tunnel repair counterattack tactics inspired by the summer of 2006, when the Hezbollah in Lebanon is through the use of authentic and effective against the Israeli raids. In 2007, the Palestinian Hamas and its rival Fatah in the Gaza conflict, has already begun to make real use of the tunnel.
Palestinian informed sources, the non-war period, in fact most of these are not secret tunnels used for military purposes, but for the commodities and weapons smuggling. But in war time, the typical use of a major change occurs. Israeli media reported that, through a well-planned public relations campaign, Hamas and its supporters successfully Gaza smuggling tunnel advertised for Ending Hunger has become the only viable option. Hamas leaders even began to refer to them as “authentic life”, because every day a lot of food and medicine into Gaza through this channel. (Xiao Xi)