Hamas elite commander surrenders in tunnel: 'We decided not to fight and waited for the IDF'

Nukhba force commander says he and two other terrorists left their weapons outside room in Khan Younis tunnel and raised their hands when troops approached, urges others to surrender as well or face death

Hamas elite commander surrenders in tunnel
(Video: Shin Bet )

The Shin Bet security agency released on Thursday footage from the interrogation of a Hamas terrorist who was arrested along with two other terrorists in a tunnel in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
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According to the Shin Bet, the interrogated terrorist, who is reportedly a commander in the terror organization's elite Nukhba unit, revealed that he and the other two terrorists chose not to fight and surrender to the IDF soldiers who entered the tunnel.
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(Photo: Shin Bet Spokesperson, IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
The Shin Bet said that the tunnel commander and the other terrorists were apprehended deep inside Khan Younis by Shin Bet operatives and IDF soldiers while hiding behind a reinforced door, armed with anti-tank missiles and explosives. "We will continue to act and strike at Hamas terrorists from above and below ground," the Shin Bet said.
The captured terrorist, Mohammad Nasser Suliman Abu Namer, reportedly testified that he joined Hamas's military wing in 2009. He testified that they were armed with anti-tank missiles, explosives and demolition blocks in the tunnel, but when asked if they opened fire at IDF forces, he denied it. "We decided that we don't want to fight and as soon as the army comes, we would surrender," he said.
"We sat in the room, we placed all the weapons outside... and the army came and took all the weapons from outside. We sat and we waited. When the army arrived, we put up our hands and surrendered."
When asked by the interrogator what his recommendation would be for other terrorists in tunnels, he replied, "I recommend to everyone to surrender, because your destiny is to die."
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