Aug. 20, 2015
Hamas Naval Commandos Planning Israel Attack – Yoav Zitun (Ynet News)
Intensive training and advanced equipment are turning Hamas naval commandos into a dangerous new weapon with potential to strike along Israel’s coast with little warning, according to recent IDF assessments.
During the 2014 Gaza war, four Hamas commandos infiltrated from the sea at Ziqim beach and were active for 40 minutes before being killed.
Officials say the diving equipment they used was the most advanced in the world and was produced in a Western country.
Assessments suggest that Hamas still has dozens of the systems that allow operatives to breathe underwater for as long as four hours.
Meanwhile, Hamas is said to have doubled the size of its naval commando unit in the last year.
In response, an advanced military system has been deployed beneath the waves, designed to detect suspicious movement.
A similar system has been deployed in northern Israel to counter the threat from Hizbullah, and the Red Sea near Eilat is due to receive the system as well.