The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, has released a video showing its fighters infiltrating and attacking an Israeli watchtower near the war-torn Gaza Strip in Nahal Oz on Monday, killing 5 IDF soldiers. Al Jazeera (Arabic) broadcast the video late on Tuesday.
In the film, which is 3 minutes 48 seconds long, Hamas militants are seen walking in a tunnel and then emerging armed with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG.) They are seen approaching the Israeli military post and then hiding.
The camera focuses on a soldier and militants fire toward him. Then they burst through the gate of the post, and hurry toward a soldier who is lying on the ground and fire on him a number of times at close range.
Also shown are exchanges of fire between the IDF soldiers and the Palestinians and its possible to hear the IDF soldiers reporting that an attempt had been made to abduct one of the bodies. A Hamas fighter was killed while trying to drag the body of one of the soldiers, according to a statement from the IDF.
After that, the men are seen leaving the post and running back to the tunnel. At the end of the film, one of the militants displays an IDF gun taken from the post.
The edited video does not show Hamas militants firing an anti-tank missile at the forces, as the Israeli military had reported.
Hamas issued a statement on Monday’s infiltration. “If they haven’t had enough of our strikes yet, our fighters still have so much to surprise their leaders with. It is our promise to our people that their blood will not be wasted,” the group said in a statement published in part by the Palestinian Maan news agency.
The group said they tried and failed to capture an Israeli soldier during the incident, but said that they seized an Israeli Tavor assault rifle.