Hamas is planning to abduct Israeli soldiers on the Gaza border to secure the release of top terrorists. The group is advancing an abduction operation after failing to secure a prisoner swap with Israel, Kan News reports.
The Hamas wish list includes prominent terror leaders and bomb-makers responsible for major suicide bombings and multiple deaths, Kan says.
The report adds that Hamas intends to launch a surprise raid at a time when Israeli forces are not on alert. Earlier reports suggest that Hamas may try to blow up the Gaza border barrier with a car bomb to gain access into Israel.
An abduction of Israeli soldiers will certainly trigger a devastating military response and a war in Gaza. However, Hamas is aware of the stakes and is willing to pay a heavy price, the Kan report says.
Notably, Israel has completed the construction of a formidable barrier to block infiltration attempts, and closely monitors threats at sea.
However, Hamas is counting on its elite forces to breach this defensive shield and operate in Israeli territory. Their training is rigorous with a focus on the use of weapons, explosives, and advanced tactics to overcome Israel’s border defenses.