ISRAELI forces could be lured into Hamas’s “killing zones” in the Gaza Strip as the terror group advances through tunnels and hides explosives under rubble from airstrikes.
Experts have warned that leaked Hamas war plans reveal its deterrent strategy to lure IDF soldiers into traps.
The extensive debris created by sustained airstrikes provides ideal cover for defensive snipers and hidden explosives.
And Hamas’s mysterious 500-kilometer-long labyrinth of tunnels gives it the ability to cover vast areas and emerge from beneath the rubble when it plans an attack.
Analysts at the American Enterprise Institute said this could weaken Israel’s war technology, which uses heavy air strikes followed by ground attacks.
They have also warned that the bombed-out city will be difficult to navigate for Israeli forces on the ground.
Hamas terrorists are believed to be using this advantage to retreat deeper into Gaza City and lure Israeli forces into their “killing zones.”
Former U.S. Army Col. Joe Buccino believes Hamas is using this method to weaken the Israeli army’s advantages with its superior technology.
“The IDF leadership recognizes that engaging in combat in densely populated urban areas and going underground will deprive the Israeli military of most of its technological advantages, including advanced surveillance systems, sensors and communications equipment.”
“That would give Hamas an advantage both above and below ground.”
Buccino added that the ground operation, Israel’s attempt to destroy Hamas a month after the Oct. 7 massacre, could take months.
“The senior IDF officers I spoke with believe that the ground war in Gaza City will drag on for many months,” he revealed.
It comes as chilling satellite photos show the IDF planning to push back into the Gaza Strip to destroy Hamas.
Their tanks, bulldozers and troops have moved into the strip to attack Hamas commanders and infrastructure.
Israeli troops have already claimed to have divided the besieged enclave in half after weeks of war.
Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari said on Monday: “Today there is North Gaza and South Gaza.”
He stressed it was a “significant stage” in Israel’s advance against Hamas militants after the terror group’s attack killed 1,400 people.
In the last 24 hours, 450 Hamas targets in Gaza have been attacked by Israeli warplanes, as Israel continues its bombardment of the enclave in retaliation for the massacre.
Among those killed was senior Hamas commander Jamal Moussa, who led the group’s special security operations, the IDF said.
Israel said its troops also captured a militant compound and blew up “tunnels, terrorist sites, military sites, observation posts and anti-tank missile launch sites.”
Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said: “We will take the fight to Hamas wherever it is – underground, above ground.”
“We will be able to dismantle Hamas, one fortress at a time, one battalion at a time, until we achieve the ultimate goal, which is the liberation of the Gaza Strip – the entire Gaza Strip – from Hamas.”
Health officials in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip said more than 10,000 Palestinians have been killed in the war since the war broke out on October 7.
Benjamin Netanyahu is refusing to allow a ceasefire until the hostages are released – defying calls from Middle East leaders and the pope amid concerns over the civilian death toll.
The Israeli president emphasized: “Our enemies have misjudged us. Without the return of the hostages there will be no ceasefire.”
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“This should be completely removed from the lexicon. We say this to our friends and to our enemies.”
“We just keep going until we beat them. We have no alternative.”