Skip to comments.Israel says uncovered Hamas plot to capture soldiers
Posted on 10/27/2008 6:48:54 AM PDT by forkinsocket
Israeli security forces have apprehended a Hamas operative who planned to capture Israeli soldiers and smuggle them into the Gaza Strip to be used in future prisoner swaps, the army said on Sunday.
An army spokesman said Israeli troops and intelligence agents arrested Gamal Abu Duabah, a 21-year-old Gaza resident, on September 21 after he attempted to infiltrate Israel from Egypt.
"Under questioning he admitted to being part of a Hamas plot to kidnap Israeli soldiers," the spokesman said.
"He also mentioned that he was sent by seniors in the Hamas organisation who trained his squad and funded its operations, seniors with whom he kept in direct and continuous contact."
The Islamist Hamas movement -- which seized power in the Gaza Strip in June 2007 after routing forces loyal to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas -- is sworn to Israel's destruction and blacklisted as a terror group in the West.
In June 2006 militants from Hamas and two smaller Palestinian groups seized the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in a deadly cross-border raid.
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Why should Israel be shocked, or even surprised, by this?
They’ve already established kidnapping/murder and prisoner/body swaps as an acceptable form of trade.