ISRAEL has released alleged Hamas footage that reveals the terrorists disguising themselves as civilians and hiding anti-tank missiles in blankets.
The uncovered camera clips show the cowardly militants gleefully showing off the twisted methods they use to target Israeli tanks.
The footage was discovered by Israel’s Shaked Battalion that has been intensely battling Hamas’s Daraj Tuffah Battalion in the northern Gaza Strip.
After a raid on a terror cell, several terrorists were killed. The IDF claimed that “among the many weapons seized” they discovered a hidden camera on the body of one gunman.
In the first shot, what appears to be a Hamas fighter proudly shows the cameraman his anti-tank missile inside a home.
Dressed in jeans and a casual grey shirt to look like a civilian, the man is seen later walking through the bomb-blitzed streets of Gaza with the missile hidden underneath a blanket.
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In another shot, one of Hamas’s distinctive green headbands is held up to the camera as the man admires his powerful weapon.
The last clip shows the man claiming he “destroyed three Merkava tanks” before it pans to the smiling militant behind the camera who praises “our Lord” for their success.
Commander of the Shaked Battalion, LTC Yair, said the footage clearly reveals their warped “operational methods”.
He claimed it provides further evidence that Hamas “exploit[s] the civilian population” by disguising themselves as a “innocent civilian” and firing on Israeli troops.
It comes as Israel today stated that it expects the conflict in Gaza to continue through 2024.
In a New Year’s message, IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said troop deployments were being adjusted to prepare for “prolonged fighting”.
“These adaptations are intended to ensure the planning and preparation for continuing the war in 2024,” he said.
Last night, the IDF also claimed to have killed senior Hamas commander, Adil Mismah, who was involved in the October 7 attacks in an overnight strike.
On Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the “war is at its height”.
“We are fighting on all of the fronts,” he said. “We have huge success but we also have painful cases. Achieving victory will require time.”
As battles still rage in the north, Israel is ferociously pushing on with its offensive into the southern city of Khan Younis – dubbed the “new capital of terror” – as they close in on Hamas’s top brass, including “Gaza’s Bin Laden”.
Yahya Sinwar reportedly evaded death twice in recent weeks by escaping through tunnels, while Israel blew up the house of Mohammed Deif – the one-eyed architect of October 7.
However, the densely-packed city is filled with the majority of the Gaza’s population who fled the carnage in the north.
With homes destroyed, civilians are living in crowded shelters and struggling to find food, fuel, water and medical supplies. Diseases are spreading and communications have been repeatedly cut.
The UN claims that 80 per cent of Gaza’s population of 2.4million have now been displaced.
Israel, shielded by the US, has resisted international pressure to scale back its offensive and has said it would press on until Hamas has been totally eliminated.
The Hamas-run Gazan health authorities claim that over 22,000 have been killed, mostly women and children, since Israel began its relentless bombardment and invasion of the enclave.
Although, the claims cannot be independently verified and are disputed by Israel.