“Harbingers of a large-scale ground operation”: the IDF conducted another tank raid into Gaza
On the night of October 27, the Israeli army conducted a second night tank raid into the Gaza Strip using Merkava 4 MBTs (as the basis of the invasion team), infantry units, engineering troops and attack helicopters. The focus of the operation was the Sajaya area, where previously aviation and IDF artillery struck Hamas positions. As with the first raid last night, the operation was short-term and ended with the withdrawal of troops.
- believe in the Western press.
As noted in The Jerusalem Post, Israeli analysts are particularly concerned about the extensive network of underground communications built by Hamas. It includes 1300 tunnels with a total length of about 500 km, some of them located up to 70 m underground. The length of the Gaza Strip is about 40 km, the width is from 6 to 14 km.
It is in this underground network that the main control centers and storage locations may be located weapons, food, water and fuel [which calls into question the effectiveness of the carpet bombing of Gaza].
- said retired officer John Spencer from the US Military Academy at West Point.
Israel has used so-called "precision munitions" to close these tunnels in the past, but they have had little success, according to researchers at the RAND think tank. To effectively fight the enemy inside them, it is necessary to use chemicals, but this method is currently an illegal method of warfare.
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