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Hamas tunnel discovered under UN headquarters in Gaza

Feb 11, 2024

A disguised Hamas reconnaissance tunnel was found under the headquarters building of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City. The terrorists connected to the headquarters' power grid and used the UNRWA offices to plan and conduct combat operations.


This was reported by RBC-Ukraine with reference to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Telegram channel.

It is noted that over the past two weeks, the Israeli Defense Forces have conducted a series of raids on Palestinian terrorist targets in northern and central Gaza. During the raids in the Shati and Tel al-Hawa neighborhoods in the north of the city, about 120 Hamas terrorists were killed and 20 militant infrastructure facilities were destroyed.

During the special operation, the Israeli military discovered a mine leading to an underground terrorist tunnel. It served as an important asset of Hamas military intelligence and passed under the building that serves as the main headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip.

"The tunnel is 700 meters long and 18 meters deep, with several blast-resistant doors. The tunnel is equipped with a power grid connected to the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza, meaning that the UN agency provided the tunnel with electricity," the report said.

Reuters reports that an office space with open and emptied metal safes and a tiled toilet were found in the tunnel.One large room was filled with computer servers and another with industrial batteries.

According to an IDF spokesman, Hamas managed to evacuate the tunnel by cutting the communication cables that ran through the basement of the UNRWA headquarters.

"This is one of the central intelligence command posts.One of Hamas's intelligence units was located here, and it led most of the fighting," an IDF spokesman told the agency.

In view of these facts, the Defense Forces raided the central headquarters of the UN Agency, which houses the offices of various humanitarian and international organizations.

A large number of weapons were found inside the building, including rifles, ammunition, grenades and explosives. Intelligence reports and documents in the offices of UNRWA staff indicate that the premises were used by Hamas terrorists.

The UNRWA reported that all staff left the headquarters on October 12, five days after the start of the war, so it "cannot confirm or otherwise comment" on the findings of the Israel Defense Forces.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 11/02/2024

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