In the Air, Not Only in Tunnels: Hamas Planned to Attack Israel by Paraglider

[Yossi Melman, co-author of Spies Against Armageddon, wrote this article for the website of the private TV news service broadcasting from Israel,]

Israel’s Shin Bet discovered the existence of a Hamas air commando unit. In 2010, ten Hamas commandos were sent to Malaysia to participate in paragliding training, with the end goal being to use it to carry out terror attacks on Israel.

[Malaysia on Thursday (31 July) denied training Hamas terrorists, but it’s worth pointing out that paragliding could be taught at a private club in Malaysia.  It is, in general, a civilian sport.]

This information came to light during the investigation of a Hamas fighter arrested by the IDF a few days ago and investigated by the Shin Bet. According to the Shin Bet, overnight on July 20th, the IDF arrested a Hamas military man apparently in charge of a terror cell in the area of Karara in Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip.



During the investigation of this man, his involvement in the paragliding training came to light as well as the intention of Hamas to use this training to kidnap Israeli soldiers. In addition, the suspect revealed preparatory plans for an anti-tank ambush and revealed a sniper position on the tenth floor of the Palestinian Red Crescent building in Khan Yunis.

The suspect joined Hamas in 2007 and was assigned to its Qassam military wing. He went through a short training course on how to use a Kalashnikov, including putting together, dismantling, and cleaning the weapon, and training with live fire while kneeling, lying flat, and standing.

The suspect spent time in guard training, where he spent one shift a week between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m., marching with a Kalashnikov.

After a few months, the suspect went on to another training course, this time for shooting a Kalashnikov, training on and shooting a PKG machine gun, and the use of hand grenades. This additional training took place over five months.

In 2012, the suspect was placed in a reserve unit whose mission was to carry out special tasks if there was a bombing or war. In 2013, he went into another unit where he received his own Kalashnikov and gun magazines.

In the middle of June 2014, he went through refresher course that included training on other weapons, among them rifles, Kalashnikovs, m-16 PKCs, RPGs, and the use of explosive material. He also learned different methods for kidnapping soldiers and how to stay in tunnels for long periods of time. The suspect was set to finish the course by the end of Ramadan — just about now.

In 2010, the suspect joined a special force that was sent to Malaysia to train in paragliding with the goal of carrying out terror attacks in Israel. Ten additional fighters were sent on the course with him from various Hamas units.

When the suspect got back to Gaza, he was instructed, along with the ten other training participants, to practice the terror attack while shooting their Kalashnikov rifles. The participants were warned to keep the mission secret, in particular the part about the parachuting.

In 2014, the suspect went through one last training in paragliding. The training, which took place in the Gaza Strip, had all 10 of the trainees practice paragliding in a group. The suspect said they did not know when they would be asked to carry out the terror attack against Israel.

In addition to finding out about the paragliding training, Shin Bet also learned from the prisoner about Hamas’s investment in the building of commando fighters. In addition, in preparation for a land confrontation with Israel, Hamas had built a network of tunnels that were supposed to be used to kidnap Israeli soldiers.

The final detail that came to light during the investigation was that Hamas was striving to carry out a “quality” terror attack that would be singular in nature and important: hence the plan to use paragliders.

July 31, 2014

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