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Old 14th May 2021, 11:29 PM   #1743
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Originally Posted by Orphia Nay View Post

Israel Defense Forces

IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.
Originally Posted by Michel H View Post
This was perhaps a slightly misleading tweet, in the sense that there is no ground offensive (yet):
Originally Posted by Orphia Nay View Post
Indeed. I was misled.
It was an intentional misdirection in order to fool Hamas into believing that a ground invasion was imminent:

According to reports, due to the deployment along the border and the news coming out in the foreign media of a ground incursion, Hamas and Islamic Jihad sent their first-line of defense into the tunnels to start taking up positions. These were the anti-tank missile teams and mortar squads meant to strike at incoming Israeli ground forces.

What these Hamas operatives did not know was that there was no ground offensive. Instead, once they were out of the tunnels, they were exposed to Israeli aircraft. Within minutes, the “Metro” attack went ahead. This led to speculation that the tweet about the ground incursion was intentional and made to get Hamas to believe it was safe to enter the tunnels.
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