The Israeli military says it has destroyed over 60 miles of Hamas tunnels in Gaza.
The Israeli military says that in recent days it has destroyed over 60 miles of a vast tunnel network that is nicknamed the "Metro" and used by Palestinian militants.
Members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, deploy at a tunnel in the Shujaya neighborhood of Gaza City, August 17, 2014.
IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told The Washington Post on Tuesday that the tunnels are the "backbone" of Hamas operations.
Israeli operations to destroy the tunnels began on Friday, May 14, as the world and Hamas braced for an anticipated Israeli ground offensive that never came, despite reports to the contrary.
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