NEW YORK, October 25. /TASS/. Israel is considering flooding Hamas' underground tunnels before launching a ground operation, which means the Israeli leadership is ready to ‘write off’ hostages in the enclave, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist Seymour Hersh said on his Substack blog, citing sources.
"Israel is now in the process of turning Gaza City into rubble, via constant bombing, and is also planning to begin a ground invasion in the near future," the journalist said.
Hersh, citing a US official, also added that Israeli leaders are considering "flooding Hamas's vast tunnel system" before sending in its troops. "Such an act could mean that Israel was prepared to write off the hostages still in jeopardy," Hersh added.
Earlier, the American journalist said that Israel intends to turn Gaza City into Hiroshima, with the difference that no nuclear weapons will be used. He explained that the Israeli forces can use American guided bombs, which can penetrate to a depth of 30-50 meters before the explosion, which will destroy the Hamas underground facilities for the production of weapons.
Tensions flared up again in the Middle East on October 7 when militants from the Gaza-based Palestinian radical group Hamas staged a surprise incursion into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip. Hamas described its attack as a response to the aggressive actions of Israeli authorities against the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. In response, Israel announced a total blockade of the Gaza Strip and began delivering air strikes on the enclave and certain parts of Lebanon and Syria. Clashes are underway in the West Bank of the Jordan River as well.