Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said Thursday that a Hamas operative who made a dramatic escape from Gaza to Israel brought with him valuable intelligence on how the terror group operates.
Izz al-Din Hussein, 24, a resident of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip, swam into Israel on June 28 where he was arrested by an IDF force and taken for questioning by the General Security Service, the agency said.
Hussein told his captors he voluntarily defected from Gaza due to personal family issues “and after persecution and defamation by senior Hamas figures,” the GSS said.
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During his interrogation, Hussein revealed that he was drafted into the military wing of Hamas in 2013 and for the past two years worked for Hamas in an anti-aircraft unit where he commanded a shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile squadron.
His squad’s purpose was to bring down an IDF helicopter inside the Gaza Strip with the goal of killing or abducting Israeli soldiers.
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Hussein also described the various training and military activities Hamas carries out against Israel.
In a separate incident, a senior Hamas commander defected to Israel last month and was picked up by an Israel Navy boat.
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