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July 31, 2014 12:01 pm

Latest Threat From Hamas: Paragliding Terrorists

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A pro-Hamas rally in Damascus. Photo: Tasja via Wikimedia Commons. – After Israeli forces captured and interrogated a Hamas terrorist who had been hiding in a tunnel for three weeks, he revealed that Hamas members have undergone training to execute terrorist attacks from the air, Israel Hayom reported. The prisoner told security forces he had been sent to Malaysia to learn how to carry out an attack by paragliding.

The prisoner served as commander of a cell in Hamas’ Nukhba (“Elite”) commando force. He was arrested July 20 and transferred to the Shin Bet security agency for questioning. He told agents he had been waiting in the tunnel three weeks for his orders and received only occasional supplies of water and dates. After three weeks, he turned himself in.

Interrogators discovered that the unit the prisoner belonged to was planning to employ paragliding techniques to commit a terrorist attack in one of the Israeli communities bordering Gaza. According to the Shin Bet, the prisoner also provided information about instructions to carry out kidnappings that had been handed down to Hamas members when it appeared that the IDF was preparing to enter Gaza. The prisoner said the group had set up anti-tank traps for the Israeli forces, and even pointed out a sniper’s position on the 10th floor of the Red Crescent building in Khan Younis in southern Gaza.

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