Israel’s botched undercover operation in Gaza closing November used to be aimed toward bugging Hamas’ communications, the army wing of Hamas has stated.
Hamas, the Palestinian workforce which governs Gaza stated on Saturday that the November 11 particular forces operation, which Israel stated used to be an intelligence-gathering mission, grew to become fatal when the undercover squaddies had been noticed close to Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.
The resulting firefight claimed the lives of an Israeli military officer and 7 Palestinians, together with an area Hamas army commander.
Abu Obeida, a spokesperson for the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades stated that 15 individuals of an elite Israeli army unit had infiltrated Gaza by means of the border fence and travelled in the enclave the use of automobiles disguised as automobiles belonging to an area charity.
Their function used to be “establishing a spy system to eavesdrop on the communications network of the resistance in the Gaza Strip”, Abu Obeida stated, appearing video photos of what he stated used to be the warriors in motion.
Hamas additionally controlled to seize apparatus utilized by the crowd, Abu Obeida added, promising one million bucks to any native “collaborator” who would offer Hamas with details about the operation.
On Tuesday, Hamas stated it had arrested 45 Palestinian “collaborators” with Israel following the Khan Yunis incident.
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Hamas had already printed footage of 8 folks and two automobiles it stated had been related to the operation, prompting the Israeli military censor to attraction to the general public and media now not to republish the photographs.
The incident induced Hamas to vow revenge and sparked the deadliest flare-up between the 2 facets since Israel’s army attack on Gaza in 2014.
A November 13 ceasefire brokered via Egypt ended the preventing that had raised fears of every other battle between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza.
Israel has introduced 3 army attacks at the Gaza Strip since 2008 and has stored it beneath a blockade at the side of Egypt for greater than a decade.
Israel says the measure is important to isolate Hamas and save you it from acquiring guns, although critics say it quantities to collective punishment of the territory’s two million citizens.
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