“If tunnel infrastructure is destroyed, that’s going to cause damage to the surface,” said Jonathan Lord, a senior fellow and the director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think tank. “By and large, hundreds of miles of tunnel system continue to exist. It seems unlikely to me that the Israelis will leave Gaza before they have destroyed the tunnel system.”
“If there are places that are now potentially inhabitable—and there’s an asterisk on that—they may not be once Israel destroys the tunnel system,” Lord said.
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