A bag of rice filled with bullets shown to the media by the Israeli military. Photo: JACK GUEZ/AFP
Hamas used smuggled bullets in the Israeli military said food bags intended for humanitarian aid were in the Gaza massacre on October 7.
After the massacre, investigators found up to 50 bags of rice , which, according to them, served as pouches for weapons. such as AK-47, Dragunov sniper rifles and MPK machine guns.
During a display of “military-grade” equipment recovered from the attack, Israeli officials told The Telegraph that the bags indicated a “smuggling route through humanitarian aid.”
Lt. Col. Idan Sharon-Kettler, deputy commander of the search unit enemy equipment, said it was implausible that 1kg bags of rice were recycled for use by terrorists as they were first legitimately used to deliver food.
“They're ineffective pouches—bullets aren't easy to pull out, and some bullets have to be chained, so it takes time to get them in,” he said.
“Besides contraband, there's no good reason to store ammo in these pouches.” . Instead of helping the population, this is how the ammunition was delivered to Gaza.”
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and intelligence agencies were stunned by the scale and effectiveness of the early morning attack from the Gaza Strip, during which hundreds of heavily armed terrorists streamed across the border despite that the territory was under strict blockade for 17 years.
Israel has previously said Hamas is using humanitarian aid supplies to bring weapons into Gaza.
On Monday, samples of an arsenal of weapons and equipment recovered from destroyed towns and kibbutzim were on display in a quiet corner of the sprawling Tsrifin military base near Tel Aviv. near Gaza.
Israel said it was unlikely the bags of rice would ever be used for legitimate food aid purposes < p>These included dozens of AK-47s of virtually every modification ever made, many from the former Soviet Union, but also from China and other countries.
Some of them were rusting, having been damaged by fire in battles with IDF troops . Others had blood stains on them.
Ammunition “capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 3,000 degrees Celsius”
But there were also much more sophisticated and deadly weapons, including mines, mortars, heavy machine guns and rockets.
Lt. Col. Sharon-Kettler went to great lengths to emphasize “thermobaric” munitions, both in the form of a special rocket launched from a grenade launcher and a custom-made large grenade made in the Gaza Strip.
That's because, According to him, these weapons were used to burn entire families alive while they hid in their homes and panic rooms.
He said this was not due to the lack of more common fragmentation shells, many of which had also been found, but because the terrorists wanted to burn their victims alive.
“That's why you use thermobaric agents.” , he told The Telegraph. “They were transported across the border to be thrown into the premises where people were hiding.
“In Nahal Oz, in Beeri and other places, this is how people died. This brings their temperature to 3000 degrees Celsius.”
Terrorists riddled with bullets and burnt out buildings damaged during the October 7 Hamas attack on Kibbutz Kissufim in southern Israel Photo: AFP The weapon “came from Iran”
Also on display was a range of anti-tank weapons capable of disabling Israel’s main battle tank , but again it is said to have been used against civilians. instead.
The “sacrifice” devices were used against the cars of people trying to escape the massacre at the Nova Music Festival, some of whom ended up burning in their cars.
A set of TNT explosives was also demonstrated. which the IDF said were made in Iran, as were numerous 66mm mortar shells.
The only artifact in the exhibit that was discovered in the Gaza Strip, rather than at the site of the massacre, was a gutted unmanned aerial vehicle , with a wingspan slightly larger than that of an adult.
This was because those used in the attack either exploded after hitting IDF bases or were subsequently destroyed for their safety.
Israel said its operation in the Gaza Strip was aimed at to rid the area of Hamas and destroy the terrorist group's infrastructure.
But civilians are paying a huge price: thousands of innocent people are killed, including more than 4,100 children, according to the UN, NGOs and Hamas-controlled authorities in sector.
Israel accused Iran of supporting Hamas in preparing the attack.
“We see that this is military equipment, full-scale military equipment,” said Lt. Col. Sharon-Kettler.
“This is not something that was cooked in someone's backyard. This is multi-year planning, a lot of funding, a lot of money.
“Military-level intelligence is used here, aimed at attacking military bases, reaching cities, kibbutzim and other territories. put an end to the massacre of Israeli civilians. These were the ones who specifically came to kill families in their own homes.”