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ISRAEL BEGINS TO FLOOD GAZA TUNNELS WITH SEA WATER TO FLUSH OUT HAMAS IN “OPERATION ATLANTIS”.

Israel has begun what it’s calling “Operation Atlantis,” pumping massive amounts of seawater into some of the more than 300 miles of underground tunnels built by Hamas in the 25-mile-long Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement, confirming reports that have been circulating for over a month.

IDF troops and officials at the Defense Ministry jointly developed “several tools for injecting high-flow water into Hamas tunnels in the Gaza Strip,” the military said in a statement, adding that the pumping is just one of “a variety of tools the IDF has for dealing with tunnels.”

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Israel wants to disable the tunnels and flush out Hamas operatives, but pumping massive amounts of saltwater has raised fears that the work will damage the already fragile and polluted aquifers that supply much of Gaza’s drinking water.

The IDF said it has been mindful of the danger of polluting the drinking water, and analyzes the soil and hydrology of the area before it begins pumping.

“Water flow is carried out only in the directions and locations found to be suitable for this, and choosing the appropriate type and method of operation in each case, the military said.

“This project is one tool of many that the IDF and the security establishment have developed in recent years to deal with Hamas infrastructure in ‘Lower Gaza,” the IDF said in the statement. “This basket of tools includes aerial attacks, underground maneuvers and special operations with technological means.”

“It’s not a very huge part of the operation,” Itamar Yaar, a former deputy chief of Israel’s National Security Council told Israel 24 television.

Yaar noted this was not the first time Israel had used flooding to crush its enemies. “This was used [against] the Egyptians years ago,” he said in an apparent reference to the biblical story of Moses parting the Red Sea so the ancient Israelites could cross from Egypt to the Sinai desert, then closing the waters behind them downing the pursuing Egyptian army.

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