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IDF knew of Hamas' plan to kidnap 250 people before October 7 attack

Mairenis Gomez

June 18, 2024 | 4:00 pm

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had detailed information about Hamas' plans to attack and kidnap 250 people before the October 7 attack

On October 7, Hamas carried out a devastating attack on Israel, infiltrating from the Gaza border and taking more than 240 hostages. This attack resulted in the death of more than 1.200 people, including Israelis and foreigners. A recent document revealed that the IDF and the Israeli intelligence services They knew about these plans weeks before the attack.

Information about Hamas' plans was contained in a document titled "Detailed End-to-End Raid Training." This document, distributed on September 19, 2023, detailed a series of exercises carried out by Hamas elite units. These exercises included attacks on military posts and kibbutzim, kidnapping of soldiers and civilians, and holding hostages in Gaza.

The document's revelations and lack of action

The document was known to senior intelligence officials in the Gaza Division, according to a Kan News report. The document's revelations have drawn criticism for the lack of anticipation and prevention of the October 7 attack. Despite having accurate information about Hamas's intentions, the warning signs were not acted on.

The Kan News report highlights that the IDF had detailed knowledge of the Hamas plan, but no action was taken due to prevailing conceptions in the security establishment and possible negligence by senior officials. The document described that intelligence officials monitored Hamas exercises and documented the steps they planned to take. The number of hostages was expected to be between 200 and 250 people.

Failures in intelligence and security

It was believed that the information, combined with a new security barrier completed two years before the attack, would make an assault of this magnitude unlikely. However, the barrier failed during the attack, highlighting significant intelligence and security oversight. The General Staff investigation team will present initial findings of this failure to the Chief of Staff in the coming weeks.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had detailed information about Hamas' plans

Impact of the Hamas attack and the need for more proactive responses

The war between Israel and Hamas began on October 7, with thousands of terrorists infiltrating from Gaza and taking hostages. During the massacre, more than 350 people were killed at the Re'im music festival and hundreds of civilians in Gaza border communities. As of today, 120 hostages are still held captive in Gaza.

Undoubtedly, This event has highlighted the importance of acting on intelligence information and the need for a more proactive response by security forces. The ability to anticipate and prevent future attacks will depend on the lessons learned from this tragic incident and the implementation of more effective measures to protect the population.

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