IDF troops operating in Gaza found a detailed Hamas manual for the production of explosives and rocket propellant material using Hydrogen Peroxide, supplied to hospitals, come to light revealing how Hamas is exploiting a substance with legitimate uses in hospitals to construct rockets, a clear indication of the terror group's use of civilian materials for their military needs.
The manual consists of materials written in English, Arabic, and another language, likely Norwegian, outlining the distillation process of H202 for the production of explosives. These documents contain intricate schematics for constructing distillation equipment, as well as instructions on assembling homemade rockets and explosive charges.
Troops uncovered a staggering number, exceeding 100 million files and encompassing over half a million documents, including operational plans and combat strategies employed by Hamas. These materials were being meticulously examined by the intelligence unit responsible for investigating enemy material within the Intelligence Branch, which serves as the central hub for gathering and analyzing the spoils of war obtained from Hamas since the conflict's onset.
During the incursion into the Gaza Strip on October 7, thousands of documents and operational code maps were discovered on the bodies of Nukhba fighters and inside their vehicles. They revealed critical information such as the deployment of Hamas forces, combat positions, sniper locations, and observation points across the area.
The failure of the Military Intelligence Directorate becomes even more apparent in light of the preparations made to handle the immense volume of documents emerging from Gaza. The dedicated unit had been disbanded five years ago but was swiftly reestablished following the events of October 7, now under the leadership of a Colonel. The unit will require several more years of dedicated work, surveillance, and decryption to fully analyze the gathered materials.