IDF, Shin Bet say they have arrested over 100 Hamas operatives in Gaza in recent days

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

IDF soldiers in the Gaza Strip in a handout photo distributed on November 17, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF soldiers in the Gaza Strip in a handout photo distributed on November 17, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Shin Bet security agency and the IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate’s Unit 504 — which specializes in HUMINT (human intelligence) — arrested more than 100 terror operatives in the Gaza Strip in recent days, including members of Hamas’s Nukhba forces who participated in the October 7 onslaught.

A joint Shin Bet and IDF statement says forces have been carrying out interrogations of suspects in Gaza, and have taken more than 100 operatives for questioning in Israel.

It says members of Hamas’s Nukhba forces, rocket array, sniper array, explosive experts and logistics officers were arrested, and in their interrogation, they provided information on the locations of the terror group’s tunnels and weapons caches.

The Shin Bet and IDF say that the detainees also provided information on Hamas’s operating methods.

“The information from the interrogations of the terror operatives serves the forces operating on the ground and from the air in the Gaza Strip and is used to [provide them with] high-quality and up-to-date intelligence, which helps the continuation of the ground maneuver and fighting efforts,” it says.

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