The Israeli Defense Forces have discovered a digital device from a Hamas operative with plans for using chemical weapons, according to a new report.
The discovery was shared by two Israeli officials in a frightening report revealed by Axios.
Israel claims to have found USB detailing Hamas chemical weapons plans https://t.co/wg39xjnTgP
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 22, 2023
“This finding points to an intention by Hamas to use chemical weapons as part of its terror attack against civilians," the report stated.
"The authenticity of the Hamas file was not confirmed by Axios or the Washington Examiner, with Israeli officials telling the outlet they would only share information with their allies if they felt it was authentic and reliable," it added.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry's WMD non-proliferation dept. sent a classified cable to Israeli embassies in dozens of capitals worldwide Thu under the headline:
•"Hamas intention of using chemical weapons"
👇Here's why: https://t.co/BcJRUatFSL
— Mike Allen (@mikeallen) October 21, 2023
"Israel has both publicly and privately shared many documents it says it found on dead Hamas attackers since Oct. 7, including information that has provided more insight into the group's planning," Axios explained.
"Several of these documents, which were classified by Hamas as 'Top Secret,' allegedly included operational plans for attacking Israeli villages and military bases near the border with explicit orders to kill as many people as possible and take hostages back to Gaza," it continued.
— Meandering Thoughts (@MeanderingThou2) October 22, 2023
"The Israeli Foreign Ministry's weapons of mass destruction non-proliferation department sent the classified cable on Thursday, under the title 'Hamas's intention to use chemical weapons,' and instructed dozens of Israel’s embassies around the world to privately share the file with their host governments, but not to use it publicly," i24 News Israel reported.
"The Hamas leadership had planned their surprise attack down to the smallest detail, including the abduction of children, and was carried in an instructional manual given to the terrorists that infiltrated into Israel by land, sea and air," it continued.
The report is part of a growing collection of evidence concerning the long-range plans of Hamas and its attacks on Israel that began Oct. 7.
Israel continues its efforts to retaliate in Gaza, while also being aware of concerns along its northern border as Hezbollah threatens to attack.
The ongoing response is far from over, with Israel vowing to destroy Hamas over its attack that killed over 1,300 Israelis.