Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas is currently trying to doxx members of the Israeli Defense Force’s (IDF) special operations unit that was involved in a failed raid in the Gaza strip earlier this month. According to a report from Al Jazeera, Hamas has already published pictures of at least eight people they claim are part of the IDF unit in question. The photographs are captioned “wanted” and the individuals pictured are referred to as “fugitives.”
Hamas’s military wing, the “Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades,” released the photographs on their official website, and are encouraging supporters to post any other relevant pictures so that the other members of the unit can be identified. The IDF has called for an investigation into the doxxing and is asking news media to refrain from spreading the photographs. According to the Israelis, the release of additional information not only places the lives of those involved in danger, but it also threatens to derail future covert missions.
“Hamas is attempting to understand and analyse the incident that occurred in Gaza on November 11 and any information, even if it seems harmless by those who distribute it, can endanger lives and put state security at risk,” the Israeli army said via a written statement, according to Al Jazeera.
Although under Israeli law the IDF’s censor is supposed to have the final say before anything related to the military is published, the censor’s power stops well short of controlling social media posts, reports Reuters. As for the IDF, neither the full name of the Israeli commander who was killed in the raid nor the raid’s target and objective has been officially confirmed. A vague statement issued by the IDF states that the special operations team “encountered a very complex reality.”
While Hamas and Israel have brokered a cease-fire in the aftermath of the raid, this latest incident could potentially place the lives of IDF soldiers in jeopardy. As a report from Ynet pointed out, Hamas is continuing the fight against Israel through psychological warfare instead of rockets. The speed at which the terrorist organization was able to collect and publish the photographs also indicates that Hamas’ cyberwarfare capabilities are formidable. While the IDF also engages in psyop, the new Israeli military commander plans to double the amount budgeted for such operations next year.
Despite Hamas’s ability to obtain and publish the photographs of eight of the alleged operatives, they have so far been unable to produce any further intelligence surrounding the raid. The IDF claims this is because Israeli citizens are following the military’s directive to refrain from posting anything even remotely related to the Gaza mission or the commandos, according to a report from Al-Monitor.