February 2, 2009


Hamas Security Caravan, Gaza Smuggling Tunnels Hit By Israel

Israel hit Hamas targets in Gaza on Sunday, including some of the terrorist group’s security caravans in the central Gaza village of al-Mughraqa (see map below):

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According to Haaretz, the caravans served as Hamas’ security headquarters.

The IDF says that the attack on Hamas was a response to “the barrage of Qassam rockets and mortar shells fired at Israel today, which wounded an Israeli civilian and two IDF soldiers.”

Also hit were Hamas smuggling tunnels coming from Egypt into Gaza. Last year, Hamas reportedly took in $20 million U.S. dollars per month from Gaza tunnel smuggling operations.

A Japanese reporter and his cameraman shot this video of a Gaza smuggling tunnel operation between Rafah and Egypt:

September 16, 2008


Where is Gilad Shalit: a Sunday Times Reporter Investigates

Christine Toomey, a reporter for the Sunday Times, went to Gaza to ask competing Palestinian terrorist groups and clans an important question: where is kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit?

She didn’t receive any clear answers.

Three competing groups originally claimed responsibility for kidnapping the 19-year-old Israeli soldier from inside Israel and taking him back into Gaza:

  • Hamas, via the terrorist group’s military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades;
  • The Popular Resistance Committees, a loose amalgam of Hamas, Fatah and Islamic Jihad terror factions, and;
  • The Army of Islam, a previously unknown group claiming links to al Qaeda.

Mahmoud Zahar of HamasShe met with Mahmoud Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas whom she called “a militant hardliner..the real power behind the Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, and the one person who might be expected to deliver answers about Shalit.”

Zahar claims to know nothing about Shalit’s whereabouts. “Nobody from the political or military wing of Hamas knows where Shalit is,” he alleged, “only the small group who kidnapped him know. They are very secretive.”

Ahmed Yousef, HamasNext on Toomey’s list is Ahmed Yousef (inset, right), a Hamas top political adviser. Swtiching from talking about his job as a consultant to Tom Clancy, Yousef spouts conspiracy theories that he claims make people refuse to talk about Shalit.  Israel “can smell what we’re eating,” he spins, “so nobody will talk about Shalit. It puts them in great danger if they do.”

Next Toomey goes to Gaza’s Doghmush clan, leaders of a sophisticated crime syndicate and strong-arm force that was “happy to brag about how well [Gilad] is being treated.”

51-year-old Abu Khatab Doghmush pointed the finder at Hamas, saying that “the only faction that controls his life now is the Qassam Brigades.” But for someone who claims to know nothing about Shalit’s whereabouts, Doghmush oddly claimed to know a lot, alleging “that Shalit is living in a paradise.”

To bolster this incredible allegation, Doghmush claims intimate knowledge of Shalit’s treatment: alleging that “every year a party is held to celebrate his birthday. Yes, there is a cake and candles, music, everything.”

Toomey then travels to Rafah, Gaza’s notoriously porous bordertown alongside Egypt, where she tries to talk with heavily armed members of Hamas’ Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, but they refer her back to Hamas leaders like Mahmoud Zahar.

Toomey speaks with 24-year-old Abu Mujahed, spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, a group which claims to have coordinated kidnapping Gilad Shalit form inside Israel. But when asked where he is, and how he is being treated, the PRC hack “repeats the mantra that he is being treated well, “according to our religion”. Only a small group know where Shalit is held, he claims, and they communicate by means of dead letter drops, mobile phones being too easy to track.”

Talking with parents of two Gaza terrorist killed by IDF soldiers during the capture of Shalit don’t reveal anything about Shalit’s whereabouts.

August 30, 2008


Hamas Reportedly Rejects Proposal for Arab Troops in Gaza

A new report says that Hamas rejected a joint Egyptian and Jordanian proposal to send Arab troops to Gaza to train Palestinian police forces.

Not surprisingly, Hamas immediately rejected the proposal, according to the Jerusalem Post’s Khaled Abu Toameh.

Why? It seems that such a plan would have involved some oversight into of weapons in Gaza, as well as efforts to prevent Hamas’ ongoing smuggling of arms, anti-tank weapons, anti-aircraft weapons, missiles, and other contraband from Egypt into Gaza.

Here is a diagram showing how weapons smuggling operations operate from Rafah inside Egypt to Gaza. The diagram depicts how Israel had maintained a security corridor between Egypt and Gaza before ceding control of the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority several years ago.

Hamas Smuggling Tunnels from Rafah, Egypt to Gaza

Diagram: Israel News Agency

June 18, 2008


Hamas Relies On Gaza Smugglers For Weapons, Contraband

Filed under: Egypt,General,Hamas Weapons Smuggling,Rafah — No To Terror @ 6:13 pm

There’s a terrific article in this morning’s Washington Post about how Gaza’s smugglers make a fortune by smuggling weapons, blue jeans, and generic Viagra from Egypt into Gaza.

The report makes clear that Hamas’ control over Gaza extends to the smuggling networks as well. The terrorist group exerts Tony Soprano-like control over everything coming in and out of Gaza’s tunnels:

“For anything that comes through the tunnel, either they take taxes or they confiscate half the goods,” said Mahmoud Qeshtah, a 21-year-old candy salesman. “Day after day we are dying, and Hamas is responsible.”

But despite media hype that Gaza’s tunnels are used to sneak in food, clothes and medicine, the real priority for Hamas and the smugglers they rely upon are weapons they use to mount terror attacks against Israeli civilians, and the Israeli Defense Forces.

Smuggler’s can net $250 for each Kalashnikov and $1 for every bullet they bring into Gaza. They are likely to get tens of thousands more for bringing anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons into Gaza.

Iran continues to play a critical role in providing sophisticated weapons, and technical expertise to Hamas terrorists who train there.

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