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Hamas supporters attend a rally marking the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Hamas movement, the PA-controlled city of Shechem (Nablus), following a demonstration against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 15, 2017.

Previously unreleased video from a botched Israel Defense Forces operation in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip last year was released by Al Jazeera TV on Sunday.

The operation last November led to the death of a senior Israeli intelligence officer in a firefight with Hamas operatives in Gaza which broke out when his unit’s cover was blown.


According to the Al Jazeera report, 17 soldiers, including two women, entered the coastal enclave in two vehicles, under the guise of an extended family.

The report showed fake Palestinian Authority identification papers used by the IDF commando unit, as well as details of the Israelis’ true identities and even their seating arrangements in the vehicles, which were seized by Hamas, Ynet reported.

A recording of the Israeli team after the exchange of fire shows them speaking Hebrew as a soldier is apparently given medical treatment.

The report also showed what was said by one of the IDF soldiers that participated in the raid posing as a volunteer for a German aid organization.

The Israeli soldier that died during the operation, Lt. Col. M, was a 41-year-old Druze father of two. Another soldier was moderately wounded during the operation.

The team was evacuated back to Israel via helicopter.