Hamas Releases Images of 'Israeli Fighters Involved in Gaza Raid'; IDF Censors

Military censor instructs people not to disseminate information pertaining to the Gaza raid on November 11 in which one Israeli and 7 Palestinians were killed

One of the images released by Hamas.

Hamas published images on Thursday that allegedly show the Israeli combat soldiers who took part in a botched special operation in the southern Gaza Strip last week.

The office of the Israeli military censor issued a rare statement in which it asked not to publish the information distributed by Hamas.

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"Hamas is currently involved in an attempt to decipher and understand the event that took place deep in Gaza on November 11 and every piece of information, even if it is considered harmless by those publishing it is liable to endanger human lives and cause harm to the country's security," the statement read.

One of the images released by Hamas.
One of the images released by Hamas.
One of the images released by Hamas.

A 41-year-old Israeli army officer was killed and another was moderately wounded during the November 11 operation in Khan Younis, which left seven Hamas members dead. The incident spiraled quickly into two days of conflict between Israel and Gaza, with Palestinians firing hundreds of rockets into Israeli towns.

The statement, which was sent to media outlets added: "Without commenting on the credibility of the details that Hamas is publishing, we request that you refrain to every extent possible from disseminating pictures, personal identifying details or other personal details that you have received for your information through the media, social networks, WhatsApp groups and any other platform. One must conduct oneself responsibly."

Attacks foiled

Meanwhile, Israel's Shin Bet security service announced it foiled attempts by Hamas to perpetrate terror attacks from the West Bank. In an announcement released on Thursday, the organization said the armed wing of Hamas tried to build an infrastructure of terror in order to carry out attacks from a West Bank base. 

"Hamas operatives in Gaza recruited activists in the West Bank and trained them in laying explosive devices, instructing them to choose targets bustling with people,” Shin Bet said. The statement included details that were obtained during the Shin Bet's interrogation of a Hamas activist from Gaza, who was arrested last month.