Ahmad Majdi Mohammad Abid.
(photo credit: SHIN BET)
A Hamas operative was caught crossing into Israel in September, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said on Thursday.
Ahmad Majdi Muhammad Abid, a 23-yearold resident of Shuja’iyya in Gaza City, told the Shin Bet and the Israel Police in his questioning that he joined Hamas in 2013.
During his membership in the organization, Abid was qualified as an anti-tank missile solider, and was also trained in the fields of combat engineering and sniping. Abid also told his interrogators that he took part in digging tunnels in his area of residence, and that he worked in Hamas’s border control forces.
Shin Bet said in a statement, “Valuable information about the Hamas tunnels apparatus was [gained] during [Abid’s] investigation – both about the tunnels that are for offensives against Israel, and about tunnels that are meant to fight the IDF within the borders of the Gaza Strip.”
An indictment against Abid, who is suspected for severe security-related offenses, was filed Thursday to the Beersheba District Court.
Last month, the IDF blew up a cross-border tunnel that was under construction and was stretching from the area of Khan Yunis to the area of Kissufim. 14 Islamic Jihad terrorists were killed during the operation.
Khaled al-Batash, a senior Islamic Jihad official, said then that the tunnels were “meant to bring about the release of Palestinian prisoners from the Israeli prisons,” essentially meaning that they were intended to be used for the abduction of Israeli soldiers to be used as future bargaining chips.