12 Years since martyrdom of Qassam leader, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh

January 20, 2022

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the assassination of the Palestinian Qassam leader, Mahmoud Abdel-Raouf Al-Mabhouh in his room in a hotel in Dubai, to be martyred after a bright history of great work in resisting the Israeli occupation. 

Mahmoud Abdel-Raouf Al-Mabhouh was born on February 14, 1960, in the Jabalia refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, to a family strongly connected to the teachings of Islam. He got a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and launched his own workshop in Gaza until he left the Strip in 1989 after the Israeli occupation authorities discovered that he was involved in capturing the two Zionist soldiers, Avi Sports, and Ilan Saadoun.

Political Experience

The Israeli occupation forces captured al-Mabhouh in 1986 for a year on the grounds that he had possessed weapons and was Hamas-affiliated. By the start of the First Intifada in 1987, he was released from jail, and he resumed his anti-occupation activities in secrecy.

After his release from jail, al-Mabhouh formed Unit 101, which specializes in capturing Israeli soldiers, at the behest of late Qassam Commander, Sheikh Salah Shehadeh, who was also assassinated by the Israeli occupation forces in 2002.

In 1988, al-Mabhouh, along with two of his companions managed to capture the Israeli soldier, Avi Sports, from the town of Julis, near Askalan. About two months later, he and his companions carried out another operation and captured the Israeli soldier, Ilan Saadoun, from the Masmiya area.

Hot Pursuit

After he was discovered to have participated in capturing the two soldiers, he became on the top wanted list of the occupation authorities. 

The two detention operations carried out by al-Mabhouh were followed by hot pursuit by the Israeli occupation strict prosecution, and since the Israeli occupation failed to capture him and his companions, it decided to assault his family by bombarding their home.

When the Israeli occupation authorities intensified their pursuit of al-Madhoun and his companions, the freedom fighters managed to cross the Egyptian crossing border where the Egyptian authorities arrested him for forty days, then he was deported to Libya to settle after that in Syria. 


On 19 January 2010, an Israeli Mossad force assassinated the Al Qassam commander, Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh, while he was in a hotel in Dubai, where he had been followed by at least eleven Mossad agents who were carrying fake or fraudulently obtained passports from various Western countries, seven of which assumed the names of Israeli dual citizens.