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September 30, 2016 / 27 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades’

Report: Hamas Tunnel Warfare Commander Defected to Israel

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Gaza Arabs have been debating the mystery of the disappearance of a commander in the Al Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military arm, and many have suggested that he defected to Israel, Channel 2 News reported Tuesday night. The man in question is a senior commander in the Nukhba unit, an elite Hamas force specializing in underground tunnel warfare and in kidnapping Israeli civilians and soldiers. He is a resident of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, and the son of a Hamas religious judge.

According to rumors from Gaza, the man told his family he was going for a walk and would be back in the evening, but instead crossed the border fence to Israel. Some in Hamas claim that the man was kidnapped by the IDF. In any event, he should be a source of valuable information for Israeli security forces.

In early May the Shin Bet revealed that another Hamas senior from the tunnel forces, Mahmoud Atawnah, 29, was arrested and has been providing information about the Hamas tunnel digging enterprise. Atawnah was reportedly arrested at the beginning of April after crossing from Gaza into Israeli territory armed with two knives. The Shin Bet said he confessed his plan to kill Israeli civilians or soldiers.

A five-year veteran of the Al Qassam Brigades, Atawnah reported that Hamas was creating an interwoven network of tunnels designed for the movement of fighters and weaponry, equipped with sleeping chambers, showers, and dining areas. Atawnah’s training included placing improvised explosive devices targeting Israeli troops.

Atawnah provided his interrogators with information on the tunnels routes in the northern Gaza Strip, the methods for digging the tunnels, using private homes and public institutions as bases for the digging crews, and the construction materials being used.

David Israel

Shin Bet Reports Indicted Terrorist Gave Detailed Info on Hamas, Gaza Tunnels

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

A Gaza terrorist with the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades was indicted Tuesday in Be’er Sheva District court, the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency revealed in a statement cleared for release at midday.

The terrorist was arrested on April 6 after infiltrating into Israel, some two years after operating as a member of the military wing of Hamas.

During the investigation he revealed detailed information about the terror group’s continued efforts to develop its intricate tunnel network from Gaza.

The operative was recruited shortly before Israel’s counter terror war with Hamas in the summer of 2014, according to the statement released by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet). He told interrogators he underwent military training, dug tunnels and participated in ambushes against Israeli soldiers.

According to the Shin Bet, most of the operative’s training was focused on infiltration, entering buildings and detonating explosives, as “part of the expectation that the next war would take place inside Israeli territory.”

In particular the terrorist shared detailed information with his interrogators about Hamas attack tunnels, including the locations of shafts inside Gaza and the escape routes to be used by the terror group’s elite during emergencies.

Details of the techniques, tools and work procedures of the tunnel diggers were also revealed. “For example, they are not permitted to exit the tunnel in their work attire or before they shower and change their clothes inside the tunnel in an attempt to camouflage their activity,” the statement said.

The operative had stored explosives at his own home in Jabaliya, and participated in planting explosives in and around tunnels to ambush Israeli soldiers in case of enemy infiltration.

The Shin Bet added in its release that the terrorist is only one of several currently being questioned about the Gaza tunnel system and the operating procedures of Hamas.

Michael Bachner of TPS contributed to this report.

Hana Levi Julian

Hamas Confirms Jerusalem Bomber ‘One of Its Members In The City’

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

The Hamas terrorist group confirmed Thursday the 19-year-old Arab who died in a Jerusalem hospital after bombing a bus Monday in the capital was a bona fide member of the Gaza entity.

He was identified by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health as Abdul Hamid Abu Srour, according to the Al Qassam website.

“Hamas movement in Bethlehem mourned the martyr and said that he is one of its members in the city,” according to Arab media and the website of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of the Hamas terrorist group.

Al Qassam.ps website reported the bomber “lost his legs in the bombing and was severely burnt” before he died of his wounds.

Twenty-one people were injured Monday (April 18, 2016) when a terrorist bomb exploded on an Egged bus on Moshe Bar’am Street near Hebron Road in Jerusalem. Two of the victims, a man, 30, and a woman, 28, were critically injured. Six people were seriously wounded and the rest sustained minor injuries, including two children ages 10 and 12.

As a result of the initial explosion on the empty bus, a second bus nearly — which carried passengers — and a private car caught fire. Eight victims were evacuated to Sha’are Zedek Medical Center and the rest to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. Magen David Adom emergency response teams said the victims suffered burns, smoke inhalation and cuts.

Hana Levi Julian

Hamas Accuses Dolphin of Spying for Israel

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Hamas’s naval unit has captured a dolphin spying for Israel, according to a report published today in the Palestinian Al Quds newspaper, Wednesday, August 19. The report stated that naval commando divers of the Hamas’s Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades military brigade captured a dolphin carrying surveillance equipment several weeks ago.

The dolphin was behaving suspiciously according to the Hamas naval unit and was brought to the Gaza shore to be examined.

The Al Quds report further stated that Hamas military experts are now testing the device that was attached to the dolphin and have discovered that it can fire arrows. This proves, according to the terror organization, that Israel wants to hurt the Hamas naval unit and spy on its naval operations.

Hamas released a warning to its members to be cautious of further encounters with dolphins.

It is not the first time that a terror organization has accused an animal of spying for Israel.

In 2013, Hezbollah accused an Israeli eagle of committing espionage. The Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar TV claimed that the eagle was one of many birds sent by Israel to spy and gather information via GPS transmitters across the Middle East.

In 2011, Saudi Arabia apprehended a vulture, accusing it of being an Israeli spy because of a GPS device with the suspicious “Tel Aviv University” tag on its leg. The vulture was eventually freed.

Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency

Egyptian Army Blocked Hamas Attacks in the Sinai

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

The Kuwaiti paper Al Rai is quoting senior Egyptian military sources claiming that Egyptian forces have stopped a terror attack by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military wing, against Army facilities in Sinai.

According to the report, a 15-man terror cell attacked soldiers in an attempt to release jailed members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The group entered Egyptian territory through the smuggling tunnels connecting Gaza to the Sinai.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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