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IDF review of Hamas infiltration leaked to Palestinian site

Footage of Zikim attack reveals IDF code names, shows terrorist attaching explosives to tank

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

In a serious breach, an internal IDF video reviewing a terrorist infiltration during the summer’s fighting in Gaza was leaked and posted on a Palestinian website and YouTube Wednesday.

The footage revealed IDF code words for military positions, roads, and forces.

The infiltration from the sea occurred on July 8, a kilometer north of the Gaza-Israel border. Four Hamas divers were ultimately killed in the aborted infiltration attempt.

The leaked video revealed that one of the Hamas commandos managed to attach an explosive belt to a tank, which detonated without causing damage. IDF videos and press releases of the incident given to the public contained no mention of the explosive belt.

The video opens with a military map, showing the code names and locations of surveillance cameras. It then shows footage from “Lookout Johnny,” tracking one of the pairs of divers making its way out of the water.

A still from footage released by the IDF showing a foiled attempt by Gazan terrorists to infiltrate the Zikim military base. (screen capture/IDF)
A still from footage released by the IDF showing a foiled attempt by Gazan terrorists to infiltrate the Zikim military base. (screen capture/IDF)

The four terrorists then hide in a bush to remove their diving gear and prepare themselves for the attack.

After the Hamas members cross the “Hallel” road and take cover in a depression in the sand, IDF forces engage them from the east.

A Merkava tank and bulldozer arrive as well, and one of the terrorists runs up behind the tank and hangs the explosives on it. “Two, he is on the tank! Drive, Two!” shouts a voice on the radio, seconds before before the explosives detonate.

None of the soldiers was injured, and the tank itself appears to have suffered no damage.

As the tank fires on the commandos, they flee back toward the coast, where they are killed by massive air force and navy fire.

“This is an internal IDF review, whose leak represents a serious incident which will be investigated and dealt with accordingly, and not in the media,” said the IDF.

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