A Hamas leader presumed dead for nearly a decade, Mohammed Sinwar, is now believed to be alive and implicated in the planning of the October 7 attacks, according to Israeli intelligence reports.
Initially declared dead by the militant group in 2014, with a graphic image released as proof, Sinwar is thought to have staged his demise and concealed himself in the intricate network of tunnels beneath Gaza.
Israeli spies claim that Sinwar played a pivotal role in orchestrating the surprise assault on Israel, involving coordinated air, land, and sea attacks, resulting in the death of approximately 1,200 people and the capture of around 240 hostages.
According to sources with close connections to Israeli intelligence, Sinwar ranks about seventh on their list of most-wanted individuals and is a vital member of the attack’s core team.
Specializing in securing the release of Palestinians from Israeli prisons through border infiltrations and kidnappings, Sinwar has reportedly survived six assassination attempts over the past two decades.
The former Mossad counter-terror chief emphasized Sinwar’s significance in the military leadership and his role in planning the recent attacks.
Unraveling Secrets, Shaping Hamas’s Destiny
Sinwar’s secrecy is highlighted by his absence from public view since his reported death, with Gazan residents unlikely to recognize him now.
Even his family home was destroyed by Israeli forces in 2004. Despite remaining hidden, Sinwar’s influence persists, especially in securing the release of his older brother, Yahya Sinwar, in a landmark 2011 prisoner exchange.
Yahya Sinwar, now considered Israel’s most-wanted target, leads Hamas in Gaza and serves as a vital link between the political bureau and the military faction. Despite being surrounded by a bunker, Yahya’s older brother is believed responsible for ensuring his safety and potential escape through Rafah.
The recent revelation of Mohammed Sinwar’s alleged involvement in the October 7 attacks has rekindled the focus on this elusive figure, raising questions about the complexity and dynamics within the leadership of Hamas.
The situation underscores the challenges intelligence agencies face in tracking and neutralizing high-profile targets in the region. As tensions persist, the evolving narrative surrounding Mohammed Sinwar adds a layer of intrigue to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.