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Hamas is prioritizing offensive and defensive underground efforts above all else, a senior IDF officer said Sunday.

The Israeli military is preparing itself and training its soldiers for tunnel warfare, with the intention of transforming the arena of underground combat into a ‘death trap’ for the Islamist group’s terrorists, should another round of conflict be triggered.

The senior officer said he believed that in a future conflict Hamas would seek to catch the Israeli military off guard, with surprise tunnel raids aimed at attacking border communities and carrying out abductions. He noted that plans for the evacuation of these communities had been prepared and could be executed if deemed necessary.

Hamas is thought to have reached the conclusion from past conflict that it can attack Israel from different locations and it is therefore in the process of developing networks in Lebanon, the Syrian Golan Heights, and the Sinai Peninsula. The…

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