Operation claimed lives of seven Palestinians, together with native Hamas commander, and Israeli officer (AFP/file picture)
The army wing of Gaza’s Hamas rulers stated on Saturday that the intention of a botched undercover Israeli operation within the Palestinian enclave was to to plant spying units of their communications community.
The 11 November particular forces operation, which Israel stated was an intelligence-gathering mission, turned lethal when the undercover troopers have been noticed close to Khan Yunis within the southern Gaza Strip.
The following firefight claimed the lives of an Israeli military officer and 7 Palestinians, together with an area Hamas army commander.
The power entered Gaza from Israel by a gap within the fence on a foggy night time in an undisclosed wooded space, after nearly a 12 months of coaching, from January to October of 2018. They allegedly used pretend Gazan IDs and had cast paperwork of humanitarian employees, Haaretz stated.
A spokesman for the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades stated the 15 members of an elite Israeli army unit travelled within the enclave utilizing vehicles disguised as autos belonging to an area charity, in accordance with AFP.
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Their objective was “establishing a spy system to snoop on the communications community of the resistance within the Gaza Strip”, Abu Obeida stated, displaying video footage of what he stated was the troopers in motion.
Hamas additionally managed to seize gear utilized by the group, Abu Obeida added, promising a million-dollar reward to anybody who would provide Hamas with the identities of the Israeli particular forces group.
Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh stated final month that his group obtained “a safety expertise asset that could be a actual treasure” when it disrupted the Israeli operation. Haniyeh stated that what Hamas captured uncovered the Israeli army’s working strategies, which could have “implications within the warfare of minds” between Israel and Hamas, Haaretz reported.
The Israeli troopers had been out and in of Gaza a number of instances, Hamas stated, and operated not solely there however in different nations within the Center East. In accordance with Abu Obeida, one in every of them had stayed in Gaza for a number of days earlier than the operation underneath the guise of an help employee, Haaretz reported. They’d rented a visitor room close to the Khan Yunis beachfront, in southern Gaza, which they used as their meeting level.
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Israeli censor warns media after Hamas publishes pictures of Gaza raid ‘fugitives’
On Tuesday, Hamas stated it had arrested 45 Gazan “collaborators” with Israel after the Khan Yunis incident.
Hamas already revealed pictures of eight folks and two autos it stated have been linked to the operation, prompting the Israeli military censor to enchantment to the general public and media to not republish the pictures.
Israel’s army has not launched particulars concerning the operation that led to the heaviest spherical of cross-border hearth, together with Hamas rockets and Israeli airstrikes, since a 2014 warfare between the 2 sides, the New York Occasions stated.
A 13 November ceasefire brokered by Egypt ended the preventing that had raised fears of one other warfare between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.
Hamas and its allies have fought three wars with Israel since 2008 and the Gaza Strip has been underneath an Israeli blockade for greater than a decade.
Israel says the measure is important to isolate Hamas and forestall it from acquiring weapons, although critics say it quantities to collective punishment of the territory’s two million residents.
In a associated improvement, Palestinian militants within the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at Israel late Saturday, Israel’s military stated, as tensions rose after one other day of violent border clashes.
A press release from the military stated that “one launch was recognized from the Gaza Strip in direction of Israel”, with out offering additional particulars.
The rocket comes a day after a Gaza girl was shot useless by Israeli forces throughout weekly protests and clashes alongside the Gaza border.