According to media reports, Israel has reportedly set up a system of large pumps designed to flood the extensive tunnel network of Hamas, the Islamist movement under the Gaza Strip, with seawater,Daily Trust reports.
The Wall Street Journal, citing U.S. government officials, stated on Monday that it’s unclear whether Israel plans to implement this tactic. The Israeli government has not made a final decision and has not ruled out the possibility, as per the officials.
The seawater pumps, installed north of the Al-Shati refugee camp in mid-November, can draw water from the Mediterranean Sea and flood the tunnels with thousands of cubic meters of water per hour, potentially destroying them within a few weeks.
This strategy could be employed to force terrorists out of their underground hideouts. However, U.S. officials have raised concerns about the potential impact on the Gaza Strip’s water supply. The Israeli army reported finding over 800 tunnel shafts since the start of the Gaza war, with around 500 already destroyed as of Sunday. The feasibility and environmental impact of the flooding option were discussed with the U.S. in early November.