January 10th – Israeli special forces are reportedly engaged in extensive intelligence activities across the Middle East, particularly in the Sinai Desert, Sudan, and Libya. These operations, as reported by various sources including Al-Akhbar, a Lebanese and pro-Hezbollah newspaper, are focused on thwarting potential smuggling attempts by Hamas from the Gaza Strip.
The intensification of these operations comes in the wake of ongoing Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) activities in Gaza. Israeli officials express concerns that Hamas might utilize their extensive tunnel networks to transport top leaders or hostages, potentially routing them to countries like Iran or Lebanon. Such a move would significantly complicate any rescue efforts and further escalate the regional conflict.
EXPOSED: The biggest Hamas terrorist tunnel discovered.
This massive tunnel system branches out and spans well over four kilometers (2.5 miles). Its entrance is located only 400 meters (1,310 feet) from the Erez Crossing—used by Gazans on a daily basis to enter Israel for work… pic.twitter.com/RcjK5LbvGL
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) December 17, 2023
These fears are not unfounded. Reports suggest that there is a possibility of the hostages being transferred via these networks to other places in the region, eventually reaching countries hostile to Israel. The complexity of this situation is further heightened by the reported refusal of Cairo to allow IDF operations on Egyptian soil or in a buffer zone along the border, despite Israel communicating its suspicions of arms smuggling from Egypt to Gaza to both Egypt and the United States.