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Israeli Navy Gears Up for Hamas Offshore Threat

An Israeli Navy vessel seen off the coast of Gaza. (Edi Israel/Flash90)

YERUSHALAYIM – Hamas under ground has long been the worry of the IDF; but Hamas on the sea increasingly occupies the Israeli Navy, as Iranian-tutored marine capabilities have emerged as a threat in future conflict

In particular, the repulse of so-called swarm-like boat attacks will be the task of the Navy’s Squadron 916, the fast patrol boats that protect the coastline from northern Israel to southern Gaza.

“Hamas is building up its ability to cause much damage from sea-based attacks,” a navy source told The Jerusalem Post this week.

“It is improving its diving commando units, and creating sea forces that are much more capable than they were before. Hamas has received battle doctrines from Iran — which is also building up its sea capabilities — on how to deliver ‘stings’ through swarms,” the source said.

“They will try to attack our vessels with swarms.” Hamas’s aim in any future conflict is to cause heavy damage in the opening stage, and achieve a “victory picture, even if all Hamas attackers are killed in the process. From their perspective, if the attack succeeds, they won,” he


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