In interrogation, Hamas terrorist confesses to gunning down Israeli children

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

Screen capture from video released October 28, 2023, showing a captured Hamas terrorist explaining how the Shifa hospital in Gaza City is used by Hamas as a military site. (Screenshot IDF)
Screen capture from video released October 28, 2023, showing a captured Hamas terrorist explaining how the Shifa hospital in Gaza City is used by Hamas as a military site. (Screenshot IDF)

The IDF shares a video of the interrogation of a Hamas terrorist who took part in the October 7 assault, who describes killing Israeli children in Kfar Aza.

The man, named Amer Abu Ghosha, is a member of the Nukhba, the commando unit of Hamas.

“Our only mission was to kill,” the man tells the interrogator, “not to kidnap. Kill every person we see and return to Gaza.”

The man proceeds to illustrate the day of the onslaught. He says his group of terrorists headed for Kfar Aza inside a jeep, and entered the community after one of them blew up the gate with an explosive device. Once inside the town, the group of terrorists went house by house, setting them on fire and gunning down whomever they came across with their Kalashnikovs, or launching grenades at them.

At one point, Abu Ghosha describes entering a house and hearing the voices of crying young children inside the safe room, and shooting at the room’s door. The man recalls the voices eventually stopped, and inferred the children had died.

Abu Ghosha and some of the other terrorists later engaged in an armed confrontation with IDF soldiers who entered the house through the windows, and were forced to turn themselves in.

Asked why they killed women and children, Abu Ghosha responds: “They told us all the settlers were soldiers.”

When asked what the difference is between Hamas and ISIS, the man says he was shown videos by the interrogators of some of the horrors perpetrated by Hamas terrorists against Israeli civilians, and commented, “There is no difference. I saw videos that are worse than ISIS.”

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