Hamas tunnel.

Israel uncovers top secret subterranean Hamas data center under UNRWA's Gaza headquarters

The data center built by Hamas included an electrical room and living quarters for Hamas IT staff

Israeli forces have discovered a tunnel network hundreds of meters long and running partly under UNRWA's Gaza headquarters used by the Hamas terror group for intelligence and communications. The data center built by Hamas included an electrical room and living quarters for the Hamas IT staff.
UNRWA has come under intense scrutiny over recent weeks, with a string of donor countries freezing funding after it was revealed that some of its staff doubled as Hamas operatives.
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מלחמת עזה חיילי צה"ל ב מנהרה מתחת לבית החולים שיפא 22.11.23
מלחמת עזה חיילי צה"ל ב מנהרה מתחת לבית החולים שיפא 22.11.23
Hamas tunnel.
(Photo: Ahikam SERI / AFP)
The reporters taken into the tunnel by the IDF entered a shaft next to a school on the periphery of the U.N. compound, descending to the concrete-lined tunnel. Twenty minutes of walking through the stifling hot, narrow and occasionally winding passage brought them underneath UNRWA Headquarters, an army lieutenant-colonel leading the tour said.
The tunnel, which the military said was 700 meters long and 18 meters deep, bifurcated at times, revealing side-rooms. There was an office space, with steel safes that had been opened and emptied. There was a tiled toilet. One large chamber was packed with computer servers, another with industrial battery stacks.
“Everything is conducted from here. All the energy for the tunnels, which you walked through them are powered from here," said the lieutenant-colonel, who gave only his first name, Ido.
"This is one of the central commands of the intelligence. This place is one of the Hamas intelligence units, where they commanded most of the combat."
But Ido said Hamas appeared to have evacuated in the face of the Israeli advance, preemptively cutting off communications cables that, in an above-ground part of the tour, he showed running through the floor of the UNRWA Headquarters' basement.
It appeared that heavy Israeli barrages and sustained winter rains may also have played a part in the departure: Several stretches of the tunnel were clogged with dislodged sand and knee-high water.
In a statement, UNRWA said it had vacated the headquarters on October 12, five days after the war began, and was therefore "unable to confirm or otherwise comment" on the Israeli finding.
"UNRWA ... does not have the military and security expertise nor the capacity to undertake military inspections of what is or might be under its premises," the statement said.
"In the past, whenever (a) suspicious cavity was found close to or under UNRWA premises, protest letters were promptly filed to parties to the conflict, including both the de facto authorities in Gaza (Hamas) and the Israeli authorities."
"We know that they (Hamas) have people working in UNRWA. We want every international organization to work in Gaza. That is not a problem. Our problem is the Hamas," Ido told reporters.