The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced on Thursday that it has obtained a treasure trove of information after capturing a Hamas member who sneaked into Israel with the intention of killing Israelis.

Mahmoud Atauna, 29, from Jabalya in the Gaza Strip, was arrested on April 16.

He was in possession of two knives, and during subsequent questioning, “it was revealed that he intended to murder soldiers or civilians that he happened to encounter in Israeli territory,” the Shin Bet said.

The investigation also resulted in much information being gleaned about Hamas’s tunnel activities, the agency added.

Atauna was involved in the activities of Hamas’s military wing, including planting bombs against IDF soldiers, and mostly, in tunnel activities during recent years.

“Atauna told his interrogators much about the physical features of tunnels in northern Gaza, about techniques used by Hamas in digging them, and about the use of private homes and institutions by Hamas, from which it digs the tunnels.

“He also provided information on the means and materials Hamas uses,” the Shin Bet said.

“During questioning, Atauna pointed to many digging centers, and to tunnel shafts that are supposed to serve the Nuhba [Hamas’s elite unit] operatives for attacks during fighting with Israel,” the agency stated.

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