Days before marking a year since Gilad Shalit
was released from Hamas
captivity, Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, distributed a preview for "The Documentary – Shattered Illusion Operation," an alleged documentation of the preparations that the group made for the capturing of Gilad Shalit in 2006.
The short clip shows those who took part in the operation training as well as the placing of explosives on Shalit's tank.
The images in the video are estimated to present a reconstruction of the events that led to the raid and subsequent abduction rather than a documentation of them, and seem to be part of a longer video.
On the day Shalit was released
from captivity, members of the military wing were seen as they were documenting the event on video cameras, but until now there was no suggestion that visuals of the operation, the swap deal or Shalit's years in captivity would be released.
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