O Israeli army presented this Monday in center of the Gaza Strip, A complex of tunnels and workshops that he described as the Islamist group Hamas' “largest weapons production facility” was discovered “since the war began.” The buildings in Bureij shown to journalists by the army probably housed a cement factory or other industrial products, said Israeli military spokesman General Daniel Hagari, but in reality they were used to produce weapons, particularly rockets and rockets, which are stored in underground warehouses with special sensors, he added.
The site is on Salaheddine Road, a key northsouth route from Gaza “through which humanitarian aid is transported from Rafah” on the border with Egypt “to Gaza City,” Hagari said. He explained that this location was not a coincidence: the Palestinian Islamist movement was convinced that Israel would not attack this axis. The spokesman showed journalists rocket launchers capable of hitting targets at a distance of 100 km, which is twice the distance between them local and Tel Aviv.
He said the weapons were made from materials and products such as fertilizers intended for civilian use. Before the war, tens of thousands of people lived in Bureij, but during the journalists' visit the town, 10 km from Gaza, appeared deserted.
The Israeli army announced on January 6 that it had “completed the dismantling of the Hamas military structure in the north of the Gaza Strip” and that it was “now focusing on the center and south” of the territory. Around the industrial site, bulldozers were at work in a desolate landscape among badly damaged buildings, an AFP photographer noted. Israel launched an intensive bombardment and ground invasion of the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas attacks on its territory on October 7 that killed 1,140 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP poll based on Israeli data.
In the Hamascontrolled Gaza Strip, more than 23,000 people, mostly women and children, died in Israeli retaliation, according to the Health Ministry. After three months of war, the area of 2.4 million people was “uninhabitable,” according to the United Nations.