Highly rare exercise appears linked to botched IDF special forces raid in November, comes a day after Israel located 18th attack tunnel under Gaza border
Amid heightened tensions between Israel and Hamas, the Gaza-based terror
group launched a highly rare training exercise Tuesday night that
simulated the capture of IDF special forces operating in the territory.
Gazans reported a spike in the movement of armed personnel in the
streets, including along the border with Israel, before the Hamas-run
Interior Ministry in the territory announced it was a military drill.
drill saw the sudden raising of the alert level among all security
agencies throughout the Strip, a general mobilizing of reserve personnel
to the security services, the deployment of roadblocks, and the closure
by Hamas of all land crossings and sea ports. Fishermen were told they
could not set out to sea.
It included police, intelligence units and the terror group’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. Iyad al-Bozm, spokesman for the Interior Ministry in Gaza, said on Twitter: “The Interior and National Security Ministry is currently carrying out an emergency drill to simulate dealing with a sudden security threat. It is taking place in the framework of examining the preparedness of the security forces and services.” The massive drill on the Palestinian side of the border comes as IDF forces continue to investigate the Hamas attack tunnel located deep underground Monday that crosses into Israeli territory.