Hamas Used Chemical Weapon To Suffocate Israeli Soldiers At Surveillance Base On October 7: Report
Palestinian militants of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades move towards the Erez crossing between Israel and the northern Gaza Strip on October 7, 2023. Hundreds of residents in the Gaza Strip fled their homes to move away from the border with Israel after barrages of rockets were fired from the coastal enclave into Israel, an AFP correspondent reported.
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An investigation by Israeli media has reportedly found that Hamas terrorists used chemical weapons to suffocate Israeli soldiers stationed at the Nahal Oz surveillance control center on October 7.

According to The Times of Israel, a local Israeli news channel reported that “an unspecified but toxic flammable substance” was thrown into the entrance of the building that created “a toxic gas that caused suffocation and loss of consciousness within a few minutes of exposure” or less.

Nearly two dozen soldiers trapped inside tried to seal off the door using wet paper towels, but that did not stop the gas, which left the soldiers coughing and unable to breathe.

“Some told us that they felt they were stepping on some people, they tried to pick them up, and with the rest of their strength tried to call to them,” an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) official told the local outlet. “They were simply surviving and trying to figure out how to get themselves out of there.”

When they reached the emergency exit, they discovered that Hamas set the door on fire so the soldiers could not escape. Several soldiers were able to escape through a small window in a bathroom.

Fifteen of the soldiers were murdered and six more were taken hostage.


The IDF discovered a USB flash drive on the body of a dead Hamas terrorist that contained instructions on how to produce a “cyanide dispersion device,” a makeshift chemical weapon, according to a report from Axios released two weeks after the October 7 attack.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry’s weapons of mass destruction non-proliferation department said in the cable that the origin of the document found on the device could be traced to a 2003 Al-Qaeda manual.

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