Israeli forces they have identified 800 wells leading to Hamas’ vast underground network of tunnels and shelters since the ground operation in Gaza began on October 27 and have destroyed more than half of them, the army said today.

The Palestinian Islamist group said before the war in the Gaza Strip, now eight weeks old, that it had hundreds of kilometers of tunnels – a network comparable in size to New York’s subway system – for protection and for operational use. its base.

This made them prime targets for Israeli aerial bombardment with armor-piercing munitions and army engineers using robots for mapping or explosive jelly, which can be dispersed in the passages (of the tunnels).

“The tunnel shafts have been located in civilian areas, many of which were located near or inside buildings such as schools, kindergartens, mosques and playgrounds,” the army said in a statement today.

Of the approximately 800 wells discovered, the military said, 500 have been destroyed using a variety of operational methods including “blasting and sealing”. The statement also added that “several miles” of key tunnel routes have been destroyed.