Israel arrested Hamas tunnel expert, Shin Bet reveals

Israeli authorities arrested a Hamas member last month who provided a trove of information about the Gaza-based terror group’s tunnel activities, the Shin Bet security agency revealed on Thursday.

Mahmoud Atawnah, 29, from the city of Jabalia in the Palestinian enclave, was arrested at the beginning of April after crossing the border fence into Israel armed with two knives, the Shin Bet said in a statement, adding that he disclosed during interrogation that he intended to kill the first Israeli — soldier or civilian — he encountered.

As a member of Hamas’s armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Atawnah provided the Shin Bet with information on tunnel routes in northern Gaza, the group’s use of private homes and institutions to hide tunnel entries and transfer weapons, and details about the materials Hamas uses in excavations.

  • Barrington Minge

    Fire in the hole!!!

  • ontario john

    I wonder if the tunnels connect to that United Church office there.

    • mobuyus

      I believe the tunnel to gaza can be accessed through any toilet.

    • Raymond Cameron

      And to every United Nations office…

  • Another tunnel, eh?

  • Ed

    None of this “Name, rank, serial number” stuff with these guys… get caught and blab their heads off.

    • marty_p

      Mo is singing like a bird. He’s going to have to spend the rest of his days in protective custody or his fellow Mo’s will be helping him to get his 72 virgins post haste.

      • felis gracilis

        “Mo is singing like a bird.”
        So…not merely “progressing toward a confession” then?

  • Alain

    Arrested? The never ending mistake. Interrogate if necessary and dispose of the garbage.