TV report: Hamas downed IDF drones and a surveillance camera weeks before Oct. 7

Terrorists burst through the border fence from Gaza into Israel on October 7, 2023. (Channel 12 screenshot; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the copyright law)
Terrorists burst through the border fence from Gaza into Israel on October 7, 2023. (Channel 12 screenshot; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the copyright law)

In the 4-6 weeks before their devastating October 7 assault on southern Israel, Hamas carried out a series of attacks at the border fence, and gauged the IDF’s responses to them, Channel 12 reports. The IDF “failed to connect the dots,” and Hamas used all these attack skills when bursting through the fence at multiple points on the morning of October 7.

Among these, it downed drones used by the IDF divisional headquarters, partially scrambling communications with IDF posts and bases close to the fence, the report says.

It blew a hole in the border fence large enough for someone to get through — a hole that the IDF swiftly fixed, the reports says. (It has previously been reported that Hamas detonated explosives at the fence, during demonstrations there, weeks before the attack.)

And throughout the month prior to the attack, it tried to bring down cameras at the fence used by surveillance soldiers. “They finally managed to bring one down… and then stopped trying,” before using the technique widely on October 7, the report says.

Hamas operatives also timed themselves running to the fence, without coming all the way to the barrier. And they also repeatedly drove tractors close to the fence, duping the IDF into believing these were for agricultural use.

The Channel 12 report follows reports and testimony in the weeks since the October 7 massacres that surveillance soldiers at the border repeatedly warned their superiors in the months before the assault of Hamas activity at the fence, including digging, mapping, and training in plain sight.

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