Pursuit of Hamas’s Military Elite Intensifies as Escape Plan to Egypt Emerges

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Shin Bet are escalating efforts to locate and neutralize Hamas's military leadership in the southern Gaza Strip. Intelligence suggests that Yahya Sinwar, Hamas's leader, has devised a contingency plan for the escape of the military elite from Gaza to the Sinai Peninsula.

The IDF has bolstered the 98 Division’s forces operating in the Khan Yunis area with an additional brigade and engineering units.

The objective is to reach a tunnel where Israeli intelligence believes Hamas’s military leadership is hiding.

The political echelon is urging the IDF and Shin Bet to expedite the operation, recognizing the potential decisive impact on the military campaign.

Chief of Staff Hertzi Halevi’s comparison of Yahya Sinwar to Osama bin Laden has been noted, but security officials highlight key differences. Unlike Bin Laden, Sinwar is in the Gaza Strip, making his elimination more feasible within a shorter timeframe.

Sources close to Hamas claim that Sinwar has prepared a plan to escape to Egypt through tunnels in the Rafah area.

Muhammad Sinwar, his brother and tunnel designer, is reportedly tasked with executing the plan.

The group planning to escape includes Yahya Sinwar, Muhammad Sinwar, Muhammad Def, and Marwan Issa.

Operatives of Hamas’s military wing in the Sinai Peninsula have allegedly prepared a hiding place for the Hamas military leadership in coordination with ISIS.

The IDF is urged to gain control of the “Philadelphia Corridor” to prevent the escape through smuggling tunnels to Sinai.

Recent leaks from the Israeli security system suggest proximity to capturing Hamas’s military leadership.

It implies that Muhammad Def, despite previous reports of a severe medical condition, is in good health.

Recognizing the strategic importance of the “Philadelphia Corridor” on the Gaza-Egypt border, the IDF must act swiftly to secure control. The corridor contains numerous smuggling tunnels through which Hamas’s leadership could potentially escape to the Sinai Peninsula.

Israel expresses skepticism about relying on Egypt to prevent the escape of Hamas’s military leadership into Sinai and emphasizes the need for direct control over the corridor.

The situation remains dynamic, with the IDF and Shin Bet closely monitoring developments in the pursuit of Hamas’s military elite.

Yoni Ben Menachem Senior Middle East Analyst

About Yoni Ben Menachem

Yoni Ben Menachem is a Middle East senior analyst ,a journalist and
the former CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority(IBA). He has
decades of experience in written and video journalism. Ben
Menachem’s path in the media world began as a producer for
Japanese television in the Middle East. After that, he held many key
positions in the media The Israeli: CEO of the Israel Broadcasting
Authority, director of “Kol Israel” Radio, reporter on West Bank and
Gaza Strip affairs, political reporter and commentator, commentator
on Middle East affairs and editor-in-chief and presenter of the
program “Middle East Magazine”. 

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