This has to be huge news for the state of Israel and allies who have been fighting Hamas over the years. I don’t think this is ever happened before to such a degree that a senior official has brought over secrets.
Hamas is probably going to be damaged in a huge way when this information is look over and corroborated.
Websites affiliated with Fatah have reported over the past two days that a senior member of the Hamas military wing, Bassam Mahmoud Baraka, from Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, has fled to Israel, and is in possession of a great deal of information about Gaza tunnel operations.
According to the reports, Baraka, who is the son of a Muslim religious judge affiliated with Hamas, told his family that he was going on errands, and hasn’t been seen by them since.
Baraka reportedly went to the border fence and gave himself up to soldiers who were waiting for him. According to the reports, he was carrying a laptop.
It was also reported that the Red Cross had informed his family in Gaza that he was in Israeli custody.
In their reports, the Fatah-affiliated websites lambasted Hamas for its men surrendering to Israel, noting that this was not the first time that senior members of the organization, particularly those involved in the Gaza tunnel operations, ended up in Israeli custody.
Last month it was reported that a 17-year-old Hamas member, who was captured by Israel after infiltrating the country, gave investigators information about the group’s tunnel activities. The youth told his investigators about the work of Hamas in digging tunnels to allow its fighters to infiltrate Israel, about the routes of tunnels intended for use in case of emergency by members of its elite Nachba unit and information about the location of many tunnel shafts.
How is this going to change the landscape of things? What will Hamas do after this defection? Will Israel captialize on this to better protect it’s people?
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