'Hamas' Ashkelon Prison assault foiled by technical error on Oct. 7,' says report


Published: 2024-02-21 15:42

Last Updated: 2024-04-20 20:31

Members of Al-Qassam Brigades
Members of Al-Qassam Brigades

Hamas initially planned to attack Ashkelon Central Prison near the Gaza Strip as part of Operation Aqsa Typhoon on October 7 of last year, as reported exclusively by Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

The Ashkelon Central Prison, established during the British Mandate, served as a British military headquarters in Ashkelon and its surroundings, also functioning as a royal residence for hosting official British delegations. Following the 1967 defeat and the subsequent rise in resistance against the Israeli Occupation, a section of the palace was converted into an interrogation center to suppress revolutionary fighters. In response to the increased number of detainees, Ashkelon Prison was inaugurated in 1970, marked by severe brutality towards Palestinian prisoners.

The prison currently holds about a thousand Palestinian detainees, each allotted minimal space. The planned attack aimed to free Palestinian prisoners while destabilizing the Israeli Occupation; however, it failed due to technical errors.

The operation involved a group which headed towards Ashkelon, crossed the border, and clashed with Israeli Occupation security forces at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai before reaching the Netiv HaAsara settlement. The group's guide responsible for GPS and maps had made a directional error, leading the group off course.

The plan included attacking the main prison gate with explosives and anti-tank missiles, coupled with rocket fire from Gaza. Yet, the Al-Qassam Brigades received no confirmation of the group's arrival at the prison.

The plan entailed attacking the main prison gate with explosives and anti-tank missiles, along with rocket fire from Gaza. Nevertheless, Al-Qassam Brigades received no confirmation of the group's arrival, only discovering they had reached Sderot. Clashes with Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) led to losing control of the town, expanding the operation. Despite initial setbacks, Al-Qassam Brigades persisted in attempts to storm the prison.

Subsequently, clashes ensued between the group and Israeli Occupation security forces, resulting in the loss of control over the town by the IOF following the convergence of two Al-Qassam groups.

In response to the successful border incursions and capture of several "Israelis", the Al-Qassam leadership dispatched "elite" support units to bolster the groups leading the border storming.

These units were tasked with aiding in killing, injuring, and capturing additional "Israelis", facilitating the transportation of those captured into the Gaza Strip.

The primary objective of the entire operation was to capture Israeli Occupation soldiers, aiming to compel Tel Aviv into an exchange deal, particularly after disregarding four captives held by Hamas. However, the operation expanded unexpectedly to what currently is the ongoing war in its 138th day.

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