Hamas' network of extensive underground tunnels is used for its offense and defense. Its defensive purpose is to smuggle in weapons, which are then used as part of the terrorist offensive against Israeli communities.
Tunnels that operate on the offensive make it possible for terrorists to sneak under security fences and penetrate into Israeli territory. On June 25, 2006, a team of Hamas terrorists managed to implement the use of an offensive tunnel and capture Gilad Shalit.
Hamas began smuggling a wide range of weapons and materials into Gaza from Iran establishing a new department of weaponry:
- 1500-2500 Rockets & Mortars sporting ranges of up to 48km (30mi.)
- 100 tons of explosives annually
- 30 tons of raw materials used to make explosives
- Anti-tank & Anti-aircraft weapons
Thanks to Hamas’ complex network of underground tunnels, it is able to impose a high tax on imported goods. The money from these taxes are put towards its ridiculously high budget on smuggling long-range rockets and mortars into Gaza which are then fired into Israel endangering the lives of over million Israeli citizens.