Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar seen fleeing in one of the myriad tunnels beneath the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis.

IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Daniel Hagari on Tuesday night revealed intelligence findings seized by IDF forces in Gaza, including footage recorded on October 10, 2023 in which Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar appears with his family in tunnels beneath the city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza.


In the below footage, Sinwar can be seen fleeing together with three of his children and his wife in one of the tunnels beneath the city, led by his brother Ibrahim.

Earlier this month, Israeli forces detained close relatives of Sinwar, as well as those of other senior Hamas military commanders, Hagari said. Among those who were detained were the father of Rafa’a Salameh, the commander of the Hamas Rafah Brigade and the son of Hussni Hamdan, another senior Hamas commander.

“In the Shin Bet interrogations they are providing us with a lot of intelligence,” Hagari said.

Following is documentation from a tunnel where Sinwar and other senior members of the terrorist organization were hiding. The room in which Sinwar stayed contained a safe filled to the brim with Israeli money; huge amounts of money were discovered there in a separate safe as well.

Finally, Hagari unveiled an infographic illustrating the underground route in Khan Younis, seen below.

“Our job is to reach Sinwar, alive or dead,” Hagari said. “This is our mission and we will continue to do so. We will not share the information of ‘when’ and ‘how’.” He added that the IDF is “determined to capture him, and we will capture him. We continue to capture terrorists, interrogate them and uncover more intelligence. The information about the leadership of Hamas and the organization’s top officials reveals to us additional strongholds.”

Hamas leaders in Gaza and anywhere else should know this: they are living on borrowed time,” Hagari warned.

The People’s Army
The spokesperson also called on all sectors of Israeli society to mobilize and enlist in “the people’s army” to strengthen the country and the armed forces.

“From time immemorial, the IDF’s position has been to bring about the mobilization of all sections of Israeli society,” Hagari said.

“The IDF is the people’s army; it is our role to act in such a way that allows all sections of Israeli society to enlist in the IDF. As all sections of Israeli society are mobilized … we are more united, stronger, and the IDF is a stronger army.

“October 7th is a defining historical event,” Hagari said. “We are now in the middle of a war and we are required at this opportunity to strengthen the state and strengthen the army.

“This should be reflected in the way we reward those who serve — like the reservists — and take care of the permanent and regular personnel, making sure to bring more populations into the army and creating the conditions that will allow this.

“It is clear to us that we also need more strength, more fighters for all areas, for all sectors, for all borders. I think this is one of the key lessons that emerged from the October 7th investigation and we have a historic opportunity to do it now,” he said.

Below is the Hebrew-language briefing with English subtitles.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.