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Hamas weapons came from Iran, North Korea – Israel official


The Israeli military on Thursday alleged that some of the weapons Hamas used to attack southern Israel on October 7 came from Iran and North Korea.

The weapons included landmines, RPGs, and homemade drones. Some of them were Iranian mortar rounds and North Korean RPGs.

An Israeli military official speaking on condition of anonymity said that about 10 to 15 per cent of the weapons were from Iran or North Korea. The rest were made in Gaza.

“I think about five to 10 per cent of the weapons here [were] made in Iran,” said an Israeli military official, who helped oversee the clearance of munitions from areas that came under attack.

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“And 10 per cent [are] North Korean. The rest of it was made inside the Gaza Strip,” the official added, speaking on condition of anonymity.”

The official said that he was surprised by the amount of weapons that Hamas brought into Israel.

In Holit, a kibbutz near the Egyptian border, AFP saw a soldier with a gun pointing at Gaza. 

The kibbutz was one of the places that Hamas attacked on October 7, killing at least 10 people, according to a Zaka volunteer.

Hamas’s October 7 attacks were the worst in Israel’s history. Hundreds of Hamas gunmen entered Israel from Gaza, killing more than 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and taking 224 hostages, according to official figures.

Israel has hit back with airstrikes that have killed more than 7,000 people, mostly civilians, in Gaza, according to the health ministry run by Hamas. The death toll could rise if Israel invades Gaza with its troops waiting near the border.