Three weeks into fighting between Israel and Hamas, the two sides are releasing dueling Go Pro-style videos of their respective commando raids. On Tuesday, Hamas uploaded a video of its fighters mounting a deadly raid on an Israeli military installation from a tunnel complex. One day later, Israel released a video of Special Forces soldiers raiding a Gaza house.
That footage shows Israeli commandos swooping into a house in Shejaiya, a neighborhood in Gaza that has been the scene of the bloodiest fighting of the weeks-long conflict. While media coverage has mostly focused on Israel’s aerial bombardment of Gaza, Israeli forces have also been carrying out ground operations. Here, we get a glimpse — though not a terribly informative one — of what that looks like from the point of view of one of the Special Forces soldiers.
On Tuesday, Hamas released a similar video, which shows its forces emerging from a tunnel and attacking an Israeli military installation. Unlike their Israeli counterparts, Hamas appears more willing to broadcast their infantry tactics:
Another difference: The Hamas attack appears to have resulted in the deaths of numerous Israeli soldiers. The house in Gaza seems to have been empty by the time the Israeli forces moved in, though they do appear to have found the entrance to one of Hamas’s vaunted tunnels.
Shane Harris is a senior staff writer at Foreign Policy, covering intelligence and cyber security. He is the author of The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State, which chronicles the creation of a vast national security apparatus and the rise of surveillance in America. The Watchers won the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Economist named it one of the best books of 2010. Shane is the winner of the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. He has four times been named a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which honor the best journalists in America under the age of 35. Prior to joining Foreign Policy, he was the senior writer for The Washingtonian and a staff correspondent at National Journal.| The Cable |