Hamas reveals Friday attack video

Footage seems to corroborate Hamas claim that IDF troops fell into ambush.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 31, 2010 18:12
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a shot from the video filmed by Hamas.

hamas video 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Hamas released video footage on Wednesday of the clashes last week in the Gaza Strip during which two IDF troops were killed, including a deputy battalion commander, raising the possibility that the attack was part of a well-planned ambush by the Palestinian terrorist group.

Posted on a Palestinian Web site, the video shows the IDF soldiers, led by Maj. Eliraz Peretz, deputy commander of the Golani Brigade’s 12th Battalion, enter into the southern Gaza Strip and begin moving towards a number of Palestinians who were planting bombs along the border fence.

Hamas claimed that one of its operatives filmed the clashes. The video shows the clashes and then a number of tanks entering Gaza to assist in evacuating the wounded.

Click here to watch video

In addition to Peretz, St.-Sgt. Ilan Sviatkovsky was also killed in the firefight with the gunmen.

Peretz, who led the force, was killed after a bullet hit a grenade he was carrying and it exploded. Two other soldiers were wounded in that incident.


Sviatkovsky was then also shot and killed. Both of the Palestinian gunmen were killed.


The IDF had said that the incident was not an ambush and that the soldiers operated in accordance with military procedure by entering Gaza after spotting the terrorists planting the bombs, instead of waiting for air support or for tanks to arrive and shoot at the cell from a distance.

The fact that Hamas had stationed operatives to film the incident may indicate that the cell was actually there to draw IDF troops into Gaza to kill them or to try and kidnap one of them.

The release of the video could also be an attempt by Hamas to show the Palestinian street that it is still involved in anti-Israel terrorist activities.

Since the end of Operation Cast Lead last year, Hamas has significantly reduced its terror activity and does not fire Kassam rockets into Israel. But Israel believes Hamas is under major pressure from competing Palestinian terror groups and as a result, the defense establishment assesses, the terror group will renew hostilities with Israel by the end of the year.

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