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IDF claims to reveal identity of Hamas’s military spokesman Abu Ubeida

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

The IDF's Arabic spokesperson exposes his Hamas Abu Ubeida counterpart as Hudhaifa Kahlout on October 25, 2023. (IDF)
The IDF's Arabic spokesperson exposes his Hamas Abu Ubeida counterpart as Hudhaifa Kahlout on October 25, 2023. (IDF)

The IDF announces that Abu Ubeida, the spokesman for Hamas’s military wing, is a man named Hudhaifa Kahlout. The army also releases a short video revealing his face.

“This is Hudhaifa Kahlout, who hides behind the nom de guerre Abu Ubaida, and behind his red keffiyeh, just as Hamas hides behind civilian buildings to launch rockets towards Israel,” writes Avichay Adraee, the IDF’s Arabic-language spokesperson.

“He and other Hamas-ISIS leaders like to hide inside tunnels and behind women and children, as well as behind masks and shadows. Hudhaifa Kahlout, you have been exposed. It is time to drop the cover,” the post adds.

The IDF has already claimed to reveal Abu Ubeida’s identity once before — in 2014 — so the decision to do so again might be an implicit threat against him.

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