Israel has assembled a system of large pumps it could use to flood Hamas’ vast network of tunnels under the Gaza Strip with seawater, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing US officials.
The report said that such a tactic could destroy the tunnels and drive the terrorists from their underground refuge but also threaten Gaza’s water supply.
The IDF finished assembling large seawater pumps roughly one mile north of the Al-Shati refugee camp around the middle of last month, the officials said.
Each of at least five pumps can draw water from the Mediterranean Sea and move thousands of cubic meters of water per hour into the tunnels, flooding them within weeks.
The Wall Street Journal report said that Israel presented the plan to the United States last month. US officials believe that Israel hasn’t made a final decision to move ahead with the plan, nor has it ruled it out.
On Sunday, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that since the beginning of ground operations in the Gaza Strip, IDF soldiers have located over 800 shafts to Hamas’ underground tunnels.
Last month, security forces located approximately 35 tunnel shafts in neighborhoods in Gaza.
Egypt in the past used the tactic of flooding Hamas terror tunnels which were dug beneath the Egypt-Gaza Rafah border crossing.