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Hamas’ chief in Gaza Yahya Sinwar

Hamas’ Sinwar Still in Khan Yunis, Hiding Behind Hostages - Report

Hamas’ chief in Gaza Yahya Sinwar is believed to be hiding in tunnels under Khan Yunis, but getting to the terrorist leader will be difficult as he’s seemingly surrounding himself with a human shield of hostages, Israeli, US, and Western intelligence and security officials told American media on Monday, February 26.

According to the report, the central challenge in capturing or killing Sinwar will be trying to do so without killing or injuring nearby hostages. “It’s not about locating him, it’s about doing something” without putting the hostages at risk, a senior Israeli official told the American news outlet.

According to Israeli press reports, soldiers have found Sinwar’s clothes, notes that he wrote by hand, and even a toothbrush he may have used in the tunnels.

Last week, a newspaper run by a Saudi-British businessman reported that Sinwar had managed to escape through a tunnel from Rafah to Egypt. The newspaper additionally claimed that eight large tunnels were running between Rafah and Egypt big enough for cars and small trucks. The report has been rejected by Israeli sources.

One source close to senior Israeli leadership told the American news outlet that removing Sinwar would sever vital ties between Hamas and its international network: “We know of course someone else would step into his shoes, but it would either lead to a split or a tremendously weakened Hamas.” (JPost / VFI News)

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