The Israeli Security Agency, Shin Bet, confirmed in a statement on July 30 that a commander of Hamas’ military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, had escaped to Israel last month.
In the statement, Shin Bet named the commander as 24-year old Izz al-Din Hussein. On June 28, Hussein swam from the Gaza Strip to Israel. “Family problems” and concerns of “persecution and defamation by senior figures in Hamas” caused his escape, according to the Security Agency.
The Israeli Defense Forces shared a video of Hussein’s escape. The Israeli Navy arrested the man after entering Israeli waters. He was later handed over Shin Bet for interrogation.