Search teams are still digging for fighters in the exploded underground system dubbed the “Gaza Metro” which has been hit by hundreds of airstrikes.
Hamas leaders were tricked into sending a large combat force underground when the Israel Defense Force tweeted that an air and ground operation was underway.
Believing they were under attack by Israeli ground troops, the heavily armed fighters flooded the tunnels in order to attack the invading force.
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But as soon as they collided with the underground system, Israel launched massive airstrikes, destroying the tunnels with bunker bombs and other explosions.
Moments after the Israeli tweet was sent, it was then taken down, as part of a massive deception mission that gathered Hamas fighters in large numbers so that they could be attacked.
Yesterday (Monday), Palestinian search teams inside Gaza were still trying to reach the remains of combatants deep underground as residents counted the cost of the 11-day missile swaps.
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In Israel, a source told the Daily Mirror: “It is now estimated that around 80
were killed, many of whom are still buried deep underground.
“At the time, it was believed that the deception operation had targeted up to 200 people, but it seems that 80 was the last count, based on intelligence gathered from Gaza.”
Monday saw the fourth day of a ceasefire between the Gaza activist Hamas and Israel stand amid warnings from Israel that it would retaliate forcefully if the group opened fire.
At least 248 people, including more than 100 women and children, have been killed in Gaza, according to its health ministry.
Israel said it killed at least 225 militants during the fighting.
Hamas did not give figures on combatant losses, but up to 12 senior Hamas commanders are also believed to have been killed in the airstrikes.
Hussan Abu Harbeed, a former Islamic Jihad commander, was also killed in the strikes.
In Israel, 12 people, including two children, were killed, according to its medical service.
The clean-up operation inside Gaza will cost hundreds of millions of pounds, much of it from Egypt and other donations, it is believed.
Egypt has reportedly already pledged at least £ 350million for the redevelopment of Gaza.
US President Joe Biden insisted that the only path to prolonged peace between Israel and the Palestinians is a “two-state solution.”
Much of the Palestinian strip was destroyed in the strikes.