TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -Hamas has revealed details about a botched Israeli raid on the besieged Gaza Strip two months ago, saying it was aimed at planting surveillance devices on the resistance movement's landline communication network.
Hamas' military wing, Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, shared on Saturday video footage of Israeli commandos in action inside Gaza and several photos of the equipment left behind by them.
The failed raid on November 11, 2018 sparked the heaviest fighting in Gaza since the 2014 Israeli war on the coastal sliver of land, during which the Palestinian resistance fired over 400 retaliatory rockets into the occupied territories. An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire ended tensions on November 13.
Speaking at a press conference in Gaza, Qassam spokesman Abu Obeida said a 15-member elite Israeli military unit had infiltrated into Gaza under the cover of fog and traveled there using cars disguised as vehicles belonging to a local charity.
The Israeli forces used fake Gazan IDs and forged documents of humanitarian workers and had undergone training for the operation from January to October 2018, he added.
Their goal, Obeida noted, was "establishing a spy system to eavesdrop on the communications network of the resistance in the Gaza Strip."
Hamas fighters, he said, managed to stop the Israeli operatives in a civilian car at a checkpoint near the city of Khan Yunis, prompting a deadly gunfire.
“As the Qassam patrol began detaining them, the [Israeli military] unit members opened fire, killing Nur Baraka, the [Qassam] field commander, and Mohammed al-Qarra, a Qassam fighter,” Obeida said.
“The Qassam fighters responded with gunfire, killing the commander of the unit and wounding one of its members.”