BBC ​​​​report presents a worrying picture of how Hamas prepared for the October 7th massacre and hid their activities from Israeli intelligence services.

According to the report, compiled by the channel's specialized crew for verifying information, the first of four training sessions had been announced by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh as early as December 29th 2020. The exercises were codenamed "Strong Pillar".

The training included 10 separate armed Palestinian factions, among them Hamas, who practiced invading Israeli territory and carried out war games that included creating a joint command center between all the factions. Haniyeh noted at the time that it was a powerful message and symbol of solidarity between the various factions in Gaza.

In the following years, Hamas held three additional military drills, from which videos were uploaded to social media. The videos showed terrorists from Hamas, along with other organizations in the Gaza Strip, practicing the invasion into Israel, seizing hostages, and more.... Read More: Arutz-7