16 years since "Dispelled Illusion" operation and capturing of Shalit
June 25, 2022
Today marks the 16th anniversary of the capture of the Zionist Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, by the Palestinian resistance faction of Al-Qassam Brigades. This operation, called by Al-Qassam "Dispelled Illusion", was a turning point in the history of the Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
The "dispelled illusion" which refers to the dispelling of the illusion that the Israeli occupation's army is invincible, is one of the most successful commando operations in the history of the Palestinian resistance at all levels.
In detail, on June 25, 2006, at 5:13 A.M., three separate groups of Palestinian resistance fighters crossed the perimeter fence east of the Gaza Strip before sunrise through a tunnel hundreds of meters long and attacked Shalit's tank and a watchtower along with an armored personnel carrier.
The first group blew up a "Mirkafa" tank carrying out protection and support work at the site, killing two of its crew, wounding another, and abducting a terrorist soldier who emerged from the tank when a fighter threw grenades into the tank's turret. The second group destroyed a troop carrier and killed all its crew. But the Israeli occupation authorities tried, as usual, to conceal and minimize their losses claiming that the "tanker" was placed as a decoy. The third group partially destroyed the military intelligence site "The Red Tower" before clashing with the occupation soldiers stationed there. The two resistance fighters, Hamed Al-Rantissi and Muhammad Ferwana, were martyred during the clashes.
Al-Qassam Brigades managed to keep Shalit in a secret place for over 5 years and despite the Israeli occupation warplanes, drones, and surveillance blimps hovering in the skies above the besieged Gaza Strip, IOF failed to determine Shalit's secret location and were forced into indirect talks to hammer out a prisoner swap deal, in which the Palestinian resistance set an example for negotiating until delivering Shalit in a process that confused the Israeli security establishment.
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This prisoner exchange agreement restored the freedom of more than 1040 Palestinian detainees, including women, bringing great joy to their families and all Palestinians.
The Palestinian resistance has secured a remarkable victory in a security battle and a conflict of minds since capturing the Israeli occupation soldier Gilad Shalit and holding him for more than five years.
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