Hamas Conducts Massive Surprise Drill

Stand for Israel  |  July 10, 2019

Graduation ceremony in Gaza
KHAN YUNIS, GAZA - AUGUST 18 : Newly graduates Palestinian trainees perform military drill during their graduation ceremony of the summer camp of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, military wing of Hamas, in Khan Yunis, Gaza on August 18, 2017. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

It is probably no coincidence that only a day after Israel discovered the latest Hamas terror tunnel leading from Gaza into Israeli territory, the Gaza-based terror group put on a rare military exercise. The Times of Israel reports on the large-scale drill meant to simulate the next IDF conflict in the southern enclave:

Amid heightened tensions between Israel and Hamas, the Gaza-based terror group launched a highly unusual 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.

The 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.”

Hamas officials told Arabic-language media that the exercise simulated an incursion by Israeli security forces. An Interior Ministry statement said the drill came “due to attempts by enemies to undermine security and public order…”

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