Israeli police announced on Tuesday that they had arrested two Gazans, one of them a Hamas fighter, who were found hiding in southern Israel after infiltrating the country during the October 7 attack. confirmed.
The detention was first reported by Israeli media in early November, and details were confirmed to AFP by a border police spokesperson.
He said the two were arrested in the predominantly Bedouin Arab town of Rahat in southern Israel following an operation by an undercover border police unit. The town is about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the Gaza border.
Both men were found unarmed in the vacant home.
One was a Hamas fighter and the other a Gaza resident. Both were taken for investigation.
On October 7, Hamas militants crossed the Gaza border into southern Israel, killing 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapping about 240, officials said.
Since then, Israel has waged a relentless military campaign, with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip government saying more than 13,300 people have been killed, two-thirds of them women and children.
In a separate statement, Israeli police said on October 7 that they had found anti-helicopter missiles and other weapons “taken from the combat zone,” referring to areas in southern Israel where Hamas militants were active. .
Police and explosives experts are working to “discover weapons and explosives left behind by Hamas fighters in various combat zones and taken away by civilians,” the statement said.
As a result of concrete intelligence gathering, they discovered weapons “including anti-helicopter missile launchers, Kalashnikov rifles, cartridges and ammunition” in the Eshkol area adjacent to the Gaza border.
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