Hamas says seizes secret devices in Israeli botched mission in eastern Gaza

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GAZA, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- The armed wing of Islamic Hamas movement, known as al-Qassam Brigades, said on Saturday that its militants seized top secret equipment during the botched Israeli mission in the eastern Gaza Strip in November last year.

The operation was called "edge of the sword," said Abu Obeida, spokesman of the armed wing, at a news briefing in Gaza.

"Al-Qassam Brigades seized technical devices and equipment that contained top-secret stuff, in which the enemy (Israel) thought it had gone after its war jets struck its undercover force vehicles during the botched mission," the masked spokesman said.

"The enemy and its security apparatuses must be deeply concerned, because we have a treasure of secret data that will give us a strategic feature on the level of the minds war with the Zionist occupation," he added.

Seven al-Qassam Brigades militants and one Israeli army officer were killed last November in a heavy trade of fire followed by intensive Israeli war planes airstrikes.

The group said at that time that its militants unveiled an Israeli army special undercover force that penetrated into eastern Khan Younis, southeast of the Gaza Strip.

Israel confirmed the incident, saying its special undercover force was in a special intelligence mission.

Obeida said his group succeeded in unveiling the identity of the Israeli undercover force members and published their photos and the nature of the mission.

"The whole enemy's force comprises 15 members and were divided into two groups; one group's mission was to conduct military operations and the other group's mission was to infiltrate into the Gaza Strip," he said.

The mission of the force was to install highly sophisticated listening devices in sensitive and strategic places in the Gaza Strip, he added. Enditem

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