Hamas planned to reach a maximum security prisoner in southern Israel, during its October 7 surprise infiltration, sources from the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat on Tuesday night.

According to the report, a squad of 23 "elite" members of the Al-Qassam Brigades were meant to attack Shikma prison in Ashkelon and if successful another Hamas squad would join them, but eventually did not make it due to a "defect."

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“The group actually set off towards Ashkelon and crossed the border, from the direction of the [Kibbutz] Yad Mordechai, and there it clashed with an Israeli force and killed a number of its members, but for a reason that is still unknown, the group deviated from its path towards Kibbutz [Netiv HaAsara],” one of the sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.... Read More: i24