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Claim of ‘Zionist killer dolphins’ draws attention in Israel – RT World News


Hamas released video claiming its “frogman unit” caught the aquatic assassin

The Palestinian militant group Hamas claimed to have apprehended a Mossad-trained “dolphin killer” spy wearing specialized combat gear who allegedly attacked one of its naval combat units off the coast of Gaza.

A video posted by the armed outfit to announce the apparent capture was shared widely on social media on Tuesday. During the 25-second video, a spokesperson for the Al-Qassam brigades, identified as Abu Hamza, said his “frogman unit” discovered and trapped the aquatic assassin during an operation.

A number of media outlets cited a report from the Al-Quds newspaper, which apparently noted that the dolphin was armed with a “device” capable of killing Hamas operatives he allegedly chased into the sea. The video included footage of a conical, harness-like craft allegedly taken from the captured spy.

Tweet about “Killer Zionist dolphins”, Joe Truzman, an analyst with the United States-based advocacy group Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, noted that Abu Hamza had revealed that the animal was found by a member of the Frogman unit. “Who was killed by Israel during the May conflict”.

Israel’s official Twitter account run by its Foreign Ministry’s “digital diplomacy team” on Wednesday appeared to mock the reports by posting a series of dolphin emojis, though there were no clarification that the post was a response to the allegations.

While several social media users appeared to reject Hamas’ claims, some – such as US Naval Institute press analyst HI Sutton – suggested the report had “some credibility” in what it is “Plausible that Israel could have a Navy program on marine mammals.” “


In a blog post, Sutton said that the harness “seems to correspond to the nose of a dolphin” and is “similar” to those used by these programs in other countries. He added that he seemed to have a “Attached harpoon gun-like device” it could be either a way to “Mark the target” or one “Simple weapon”.

However, he warned that there was “no evidence to confirm that the harness is Israeli, or even from a dolphin.”

This is not the first time that Hamas has alleged Israel’s use of trained dolphins. In August 2015, the BBC cited a report from Al-Quds which claimed that another captured dolphin had been “stripped of his will” and transformed into “a murderer” by Israeli forces.




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