Active Stocks
Sat Mar 02 2024 12:29:56
  1. Tata Steel share price
  2. 155.30 3.53%
  1. HDFC Bank share price
  2. 1,430.50 -0.05%
  1. State Bank Of India share price
  2. 773.40 0.53%
  1. ICICI Bank share price
  2. 1,084.60 -0.21%
  1. Axis Bank share price
  2. 1,095.00 -0.40%
Business News/ News / World/  Israel-Hamas War news: Hamas planned extensive attacks on Israel for over a year, documents reveal: Report
BackBack

Israel-Hamas War news: Hamas planned extensive attacks on Israel for over a year, documents reveal: Report

The evidence, including drawings, maps, notes, and weapons collected from slain militants, Israel claims shows Hamas planned to launch extensive strikes into Israeli territory on October 7

People near a fire after rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip, in Ashkelon, Israel October 7, 2023. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (REUTERS/Amir Cohen)Premium
People near a fire after rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip, in Ashkelon, Israel October 7, 2023. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

Israel has shared new evidence alleging that Hamas planned to launch extensive strikes into Israeli territory on October 7, the Washington Post reported. If successful, the planned attack would have led to a broader conflict in the Middle East, it said.

The evidence includes drawings, maps, notes, and weapons collected from slain militants, it added. Security officials alleged that Hamas militants were prepared to penetrate as far as the eastern border close to the West Bank in a series of attacks, as per the report.

Also Read | ‘Whoever needs surgery dies:’ Al-Shifa director as clashes rage near Gaza hospital; lives of 45 newborns under threat

Disturbing Orders

Evidence gathered from the slain militants' belongings revealed notes with Quranic verses and orders instructing them to "Kill as many people and take as many hostages as possible", the report said. It added that these militants breached the Israeli border in around 30 places, resulting in mass slaughter in at least 22 villages and prompting a day-long gun battle with the Israeli military.

Preliminary intelligence findings also suggested that some militants had instructions to continue deeper into Israel, equipped with enough food and ammunition for the operation.

Track | Israel-Hamas War LIVE Updates: Attacks by Lebanon's Hezbollah group wound 7 Israeli troops

The assault on October 7 was reportedly the outcome of meticulous planning spanning over a year, it added. It further said that Hamas militants underwent training using imported AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, handguns, and other arms and equipment in the densely populated Gaza Strip.

Deception Strategies

For information, the evidence suggests that Hamas deployed drones to create detailed maps of Israeli towns, gathered information from day laborers entering Israel from Gaza, studied Israeli websites, and monitored real estate photographs and social media posts to understand the layout of cities. The plan was kept largely secret from Hamas' leadership and its chief backers, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Hezbollah, as per the report.

Also Read | Israel rebuffs calls for Palestinian authority to rule Gaza

Israel's top intelligence official, Michael Milshtein, also said that Hamas' military leader, Yehiya Sinwar, along with other top leaders, introduced a "sophisticated deception" into the minds of the Israeli administration.

As per Milshtein, they conveyed a message indicating that "Hamas wants no more war," aligning with what Israelis wanted to hear. This contributed to Hamas refraining from engaging in major conflicts since 2021, despite provocations from other groups in Gaza, it added.

Also Read | Israel-Hamas War: IDF says it has delivered 300 litres of fuel to Al-Shifa Hospital for medical purposes

Unlock a world of Benefits! From insightful newsletters to real-time stock tracking, breaking news and a personalized newsfeed – it's all here, just a click away! Login Now!

Catch all the Business News, Market News, Breaking News Events and Latest News Updates on Live Mint. Check all the latest action on Budget 2024 here. Download The Mint News App to get Daily Market Updates.
More Less
Published: 13 Nov 2023, 10:48 AM IST
Next Story footLogo
Recommended For You
Switch to the Mint app for fast and personalized news - Get App