Israeli forces posed as medical aid workers and used detailed but fake ID cards of real Palestinian residents during their thwarted undercover raid in the occupied Gaza Strip last month.
According to a report in the Independent, citing a number of Hamas sources, the Palestinians civilians whose identities had been stolen came from across the enclave but not the area where the Israeli uncover operation was taking place, in case they were discovered by local residents.
Hazem Qassem, a Hamas spokesperson, said the ID cards were very accurate, and included the correct full names, ID numbers and details of the residents.
Qassam told the paper that the Israeli soldiers were posing as aid workers when their car was stopped.
The Independent report noted that in light of the Israeli forces’ impersonation of NGO workers, many now fear that foreign aid workers will be at risk.
Another, unnamed, Hamas official, said that there was a high possibility the team legally entered Gaza through an official crossing point such as Erez.
On November 11, violence broke out between Palestinian resistance factions and the Israeli army following the death of seven members of the Al-Qassam Brigades after Israeli special forces infiltrated the east of Khan Yunis province days earlier. The conflict resulted in the death of an Israeli officer and injured another.
The Israeli forces were reported to have focused on attacking houses and civilian towers and facilities during their attack on the enclave.
Source: Palestine Chronicle