Israel strikes Hamas tunnels in Gaza amid global calls for cease-fire – By Darryl Coote (UPI) / May 17 2021
May 17 (UPI) — Israel continued its barrage of airstrikes into Gaza overnight and into Monday as fighting with Hamas entered its second week despite repeated calls for a cease-fire from the international community.
The Israeli military said fighter jets overnight “neutralized” 9.3 miles of Hamas’ so-called Metro tunnel system, which it has been targeting for days.
Fifty-four jets struck roughly 35 targets and the tunnel system with 110 munitions as part of the Israel Defense Forces’ “significant operation against the underground terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip,” it said, adding it was its third round of attacks against the tunnel system in northern Gaza, a self-governing Palestinian territory.
Nine residences the military said were used as Hamas infrastructure and housed high-ranking officials, including various battalion commanders for the cities of Beit Hanoun and Sabra, were also hit.