Behind the headlines
The hidden fortress under Gaza
Analysts sometimes speak of “two Gazas”, says David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “the visible one above ground and a vast network of tunnels below”. This honeycomb of underground passages, known as the Gaza “Metro”, will present a formidable challenge if Israel invades the strip. Hamas uses the tunnels to store rockets, artillery, ammunition and other war supplies – and to launch surprise attacks on Israel via passages that stretch under the border wall. Many of the 200-odd hostages taken by the terrorist group will also be hidden underground, along with their guards.