NewsAuthor of a cruel plan. He had been preparing it for two years

Author of a cruel plan. He had been preparing it for two years

Author of a cruel plan. He had been preparing it for two years
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2:41 PM EDT, October 12, 2023

His nickname in Arabic means "Guest," he constantly changes his place of residence, he was attempted to be killed at least seven times. This is Mohammed Deif. He is suspected to be the architect of the attack on Israel. According to Reuters' information, he had been planning it for two years. It is suspected where he is hiding.

According to information passed on by Reuters agency, Mohammed Deif, who is the most wanted man by Israeli services, had been planning a Saturday attack on Israel for more than two years. Deif, who is the commander of Palestinian Hamas, is most likely hiding in a maze of tunnels located under the Gaza Strip.

Mohammed Deif, whose nickname in Arabic means "Guest", earned this moniker due to his habits. As reported by Sky News, Deif changes his location every night in order to avoid detection by Israeli services. Deif, who is the leader of the armed wing of Hamas, is also referred to as the "cat with nine lives", because he has managed to survive at least seven attempts on his life by Israeli services.

Attack on Israel

On Saturday, when Hamas fired thousands of rockets towards Israel, and its fighters crossed the border, Deif released a recording, in which he dubbed the attack as the Al-Aqsa Storm. In his statement, Deif suggested that one of the purposes of the attack is retaliation for violence that has occurred on the site of the mosque in Jerusalem.

Deif's planning of a bloody attack on Israel began in May 2021, after clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians, which took place near the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem during Ramadan celebrations - Reuters reports, citing an anonymous source close to Hamas.

- The deciding factor were scenes and recordings of how (Israeli forces) stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque during Ramadan, beating believers, attacking them, dragging out older people and young men from the mosque. All of this fueled and ignited anger - said the Reuters correspondent.

A source within Israeli security confirmed that Deif was directly involved in organizing the attack. A person close to Hamas said that the decision to prepare for a strike on Israel was made jointly by Deif, who commands the Izz al-Din al-Kassam Brigades, and Gaza's Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar. According to this source, however, Deif was the architect of this attack.

Three pictures of Deif

Only three photos of Deif are known. In one of them, he is a young man, in the second he is hidden behind a mask, and the third only shows his shadow. This last photo was used to illustrate the proclamation he published after launching an attack on Israel.

For Deif, staying in the shadows is key to his survival. For many years he has been at the top of the list of people most wanted by Israel. He is attributed with responsibility for the deaths of dozens of Israelis in suicide bombings.

According to a source close to Hamas, Deif does not use cell phones or other modern digital devices. In one of the failed attempts to kill him by Israeli services, he lost an eye and suffered serious leg injuries. In 2014, Deif's wife, his seven-month-old son, and three-year-old daughter were killed in an Israeli air attack - reported by Reuters.

Deif was born in 1965 as Mohammed Masri in a refugee camp established after the First Arab-Israeli War from 1948-1949. During the First Intifada, which began in 1987, he joined Hamas, where he earned the nickname Deif. He studied physics, chemistry, and biology at the Islamic University in Gaza, and during his studies, he performed in comedies.

It is unknown where he is currently. He is probably hiding in a labyrinth of tunnels under the Gaza Strip. Palestinian sources informed that the Israeli military struck from the air a house in Gaza that belonged to Deif's father. His brother and two other family members were reported to have died - Reuters reported.

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