January 05, 2024: IDF: Terrorist tunnels under a hotel: Hamas terrorist tunnel located under Blue Beach Hotel in the Gaza Strip

The 162nd Division’s 14th Brigade, in cooperation with the Yahalom Special Engineering Unit, operated on a Hamas infrastructure with seven tunnels shafts and inside them terrorist quarters. The infrastructure is located at the Blue Beach Hotel in the northern Gaza Strip by the beach. Yahalom Unit forces identified the tunnels’ routes using a range of methods and destroyed the infrastructure this week.

Hamas terrorists exploited the hotel as a shelter from where they planned and executed attacks both above and below ground. Many weapons were found under the hotel, including AK-47 assault rifles, explosives, and drones. During the course of combat, dozens of Hamas terrorists entrenched in the hotel fired anti-tank missiles at IDF forces, who returned fire. During the forces’ operations in the hotel area, the soldiers encountered and eliminated terrorists

Over the past few months, reservists of the 14th Battalion operated in northern Gaza Strip in three locations: north of Jabalya, Beit Hanoun, and Gaza City. During the course of combat, the soldiers destroyed weapon stockpiles, missile launch sites, and underground command centers used by Hamas.

Footage of the tunnel shafts found in the Blue Beach Hotel: https://bit.ly/41M6qqY

Video of the 14th Battalion commander, COL Tal Elkobi in the hotel area: https://bit.ly/48ChkBK

Aerial photograph of the hotel compound and the locations of the shafts in the area: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/ANC0501202456568

Pictures of the combat means found in the hotel area: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/ANC051020245498547

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