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Israeli intel warned of Hamas plans earlier than October 7 assault: report

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Palestine Red Crescent Society distribute hygiene kits, amid the continued battle between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, within the Gaza Strip, on this undated handout display screen seize from a video, launched on June 16, 2024. @PalestineRCS/by way of REUTERS

An Israeli intelligence transient ready weeks earlier than Hamas’s October 7 assault had warned army officers of the Palestinian group’s preparations for an assault, in response to Israeli public broadcaster Kan.

The Israeli army’s indicators intelligence unit drafted the transient in September, lower than a month earlier than the Hamas assault that sparked the continued struggle within the Gaza Strip, Kan reported on Monday.

It mentioned the Unit 8200 intelligence doc included particulars of elite Hamas fighters coaching for hostage-taking and plans for raids on army positions and Israeli communities in southern Israel.

The transient mentioned the Palestinian militants have been aiming to take a whole lot of hostages, Kan reported.

“The expected number of hostages: 200-250 people”, the transient mentioned in response to Kan.

The unprecedented Hamas assault resulted within the deaths of 1,194 individuals, principally civilians, in response to an AFP tally primarily based on Israeli official figures.

Militants additionally took 251 individuals hostage, 116 of whom stay in Gaza together with 41 the military says are useless.

Israel’s retaliatory army offensive since October 7 has killed at the very least 37,347 individuals within the Gaza Strip, additionally principally civilians, in response to the Hamas-run territory’s well being ministry.

According to Kan, citing unnamed safety officers, the transient was identified to intelligence officers within the army’s Gaza Division and Southern Command.

Israeli politicians have rebuffed requires an intensive investigation into intelligence failures surrounding the Hamas assault, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted any official probe ought to wait till after the struggle, now in its ninth month.

The Israeli army nevertheless informed AFP it was “investigating the events” of October 7, with a probe being “actively carried out” and would later be made public.

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