The IDF’s Oketz K-9 Unit played a crucial role in uncovering the extensive tunnel network of Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza City on Friday.
On Friday, the Israeli military announced that it found and took apart a complex network of tunnels used as an underground base by the Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza City. The multi-level structure in the Issa area supposedly served various purposes, including storage, hideouts, command and control, and the movement of operatives between different areas.
The IDF’s Oketz K-9 Unit played a crucial role in uncovering the extensive tunnel network. Operational activities in the area also resulted in the destruction of several buildings used as Hamas headquarters, as claimed by Israel.
As part of the mission, soldiers from the Yiftah Battalion and combat engineering forces targeted Hamas headquarters, neutralizing an alleged terrorist cell attempting to attack the forces in close-quarters combat. These operations led to the elimination of many Hamas operatives, the destruction of buildings used for terrorist activities, and the discovery of several shafts leading to a significant underground tunnel route.
The IDF’s Yahalom Unit and Oketz K-9 Unit examined the strategic tunnel route, working with the combat engineering forces of the 99th Division to ensure its destruction. Footage released by the IDF’s Marom Brigade’s Oketz K-9 Unit showcased the extensive tunnel network, complete with command and communication rooms, hideouts, concrete bunkers, and essential installations for water and electricity.
On Friday, the UN Security Council urgently called for the swift delivery of aid to Gaza on a comprehensive scale, as the head of the World Health Organization warned of a looming famine in the besieged Palestinian territory. While Israeli bombs rained down on targets across Gaza, members of the UN’s top peacemaking council demanded “immediate, safe and unhindered” deliveries of life-saving aid.