Photo Credit: IDF
Entrance to a terror tunnel found in a civilian structure. Archive: August 2014.

A Hamas fighter captured by Israel early in July has revealed a wealth of information about the terror group’s plans to attack civilians and soldiers in the Jewish State.

The arrest of Ibrahim Adel Shehadeh Sha’er, 21 was only cleared for release early Tuesday afternoon, however, after weeks of questioning.

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Sha’er was captured in a joint operation by Israel Police and operatives from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), according to a release sent to Hebrew-language media.

A resident of Rafah, Sha’er revealed a great deal of information to his investigators, including details about Hamas emergency procedures.

Hamas has rebuilt much of its terrorist infrastructure since the end of last year’s Operation Protective Edge war in the region, he said, including its tunnel network.

Sha’er provided specific locations and routes of the tunnels, as well as digging sites in Rafah where tunnels start – including one that he said led to the Kerem Shalom Crossing into Israel.

He also shared details about the purpose of the new road built by Hamas along the security fence. Shin Bet was able to confirm, for instance, that the road was intended for use in a surprise attack on Israel that was to involve vehicles that were to have crossed the border.

A Hamas operative, Sha’er personally was involved in many different aspects of terrorist training that included combat, command, use of advanced weapons and explosives.

During the war he served in a logistics and support company that transported military equipment and explosives to fighters in the field. Sha’er was also directly involved in combat zones, planting anti-tank mines and carrying out observation in the field.

According to the report, Sha’er was also privy to information discussed by many Hamas senior officials. He revealed many details about the relationship between Hamas and Iran, who he said sent generous military aid to Gaza to strengthen the terror organization.

Iran has been sending money, advanced weaponry and electronic equipment to Gaza, including devices used to disrupt radio frequencies and help bring down Israeli reconnaissance drones flying above the enclave. Sha’er also claimed that Iran had trained Hamas operatives in how to fly para-gliders, with the hopes of using the novel equipment to infiltrate across Israel’s border.

The Hamas prisoner also provided information about the formation of elite units in the terrorist group, and their anti-tank, anti-aircraft and observation capabilities.

At present, he said, Hamas can view and film Israeli territory at a distance of three kilometers (approximately two miles) in from the border.

Sha’er provided more details about the changes in military strategy, logistics and unit formations since last summer’s war as well.

He told his interrogators that Hamas has indeed been confiscating materials for manufacture of weapons that are being permitted by Israel into the enclave – due to international pressure – for reconstruction of civilian homes and other infrastructure.

Civilians are once again being endangered, Sha’er said, as Hamas routinely stores explosives in residential structures – as it did prior to last summer’s war – in anticipation of air strikes by Israel on separate weapons storage sites.

An indictment against Sha’er was filed with the Be’er Sheva District Court on July 31, accusing the Hamas operative of membership and activity in an outlawed association, attempted murder, contact with a foreign agent, forbidden military training and additional various weapons offenses.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

24 COMMENTS

  1. So we knew this and we did nothing. Why are we waiting for the next war and more casualties God forbid. Why don't we do something first like the six day war. ?answer we are afraid of world opinion.who will crticize us no matter what.

  2. So we knew this and we did nothing. Why are we waiting for the next war and more casualties God forbid. Why don't we do something first like the six day war. ?answer we are afraid of world opinion.who will crticize us no matter what.

  3. I have a hard time understanding why the IDF would release that they have all this information. It would make better sense to keep quiet about it and just plan counter measures against everything they have learned Hamas is planning to do. Am I missing something here?

  4. Putting this out there will give Hamas an opportunity to react. Israel is watching carefully and depending on how Hamas reacts, they will know how much of this information is correct. I am sure they are holding back on lots more.

  5. Show the world when lsrael attacks it's because they have proof there are underground tunnels, homes being used as storage and iran is involved. It was ok for the u.s. to drop a nuclear bomb on asian soil and kill innocent women and childern. So Israel has all rights to do so. Not a nuclear bomb but just level the place. Time to stop this once and for all .. crack the whip.

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