Israeli security forces announced the discovery of a Hamas-operated tunnel, claiming it leads to a Gaza hospital. This revelation comes amid criticism of Israeli ground operations impacting medical facilities in the blockaded region. The tunnel, reportedly electrified by solar panels, is situated near the residence of a Hamas naval operations leader responsible for October 7 raids on Israel, according to a military spokesperson.
Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari emphasized that Rantisi Hospital is a mere 200 yards (183 meters) away, supporting allegations that Hamas operates from medical facilities. The Israeli Security Forces accused Hamas of using these tunnels as hiding places, operational bases, and for holding Israeli hostages against their will. The announcement was made on X, formerly Twitter, as part of efforts to showcase evidence of Hamas's alleged exploitation of hospitals for military purposes.
The situation intensifies existing tensions in the region, with Israel asserting that its actions target Hamas operatives while facing criticism for potential impacts on civilian infrastructure.