Surveillance troops observed ‘highly irregular’ Hamas drill 4 days before Oct. 7 – report

Four days before October 7, surveillance soldiers at the IDF’s Nahal Oz base observed members of Hamas’s Nukhba commando forces taking part in a major drill along the Gaza border, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

According to the report, the “highly irregular” military exercise included the firing of rockets at the same time the Hamas gunmen practiced storming Israeli tanks. But a defense source quoted in the report says commanders dismissed it as “another drill” when alerted by the surveillance troops.

“The IDF is investigating the events of October 7 and what proceeded them. The aim of the investigations is to learn and draw lessons for the continued fighting. The investigations are currently being performed and when they are finished the findings will be transparently presented to the public,” the military says in response.

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