A new investigative report by Al Jazeera revealed, on Sunday, that an international humanitarian aid agency helped the Israeli army in a failed spy mission in the Gaza strip, Quds News Network reported
Humedica International Aid is a non-governmental organization based in Germany, providing humanitarian and medical aid for Palestinians in Gaza. The organization backed a failed Israeli spy operation in 2018, hiding Israeli military equipment together with medical aid, in warehouses, Al Jazeera’s âWhat is Hidden is Worseâ revealed.
The failed Israeli spy mission, in November 2018, was carried out by the Sayeret Matkal (Israeli commando unit), aiming to plant surveillance devices to hack Al Qassam Brigade’s mobile network.
The unit members were exposed only two hours after infiltrating into Gaza. Al Qassam members interrogated the Israeli commandos, before they clashed, leaving two dead from Al Qassam, and one from among the Israeli commandos.
Israeli warplanes rushed to the area to evacuate the Israeli spies, who left behind valuable surveillance and video records for the Palestinian resistance, who then fired missiles at surrounding settlements, in retaliation for the invasion.
The program interviewed Abu Huthaifa, an interrogator in Al Qassam intelligence, who said that the Humedica Area Manager, Joao Pedro Santos, who rented warehouses in Gaza, left immediately after Hamas fighters thwarted the Israeli spy mission.
Abu Huthaifa stated that they found âexpired drugs and some medical equipment and mattresses, in which there were money, surveillance and drilling equipment.â
âThey used a humanitarian aid organization to cover its crimes in Gazaâ, he added.
When the program contacted Humedicaâs Head of Media and Communications, he stated that Santos volunteered at the organization âto organize the humanitarian aid projects and import of relief goods in accordance with relevant regulationsâ.
He stopped working for the organization âsince Humedica stopped its support activities [in Gaza] earlier this year when the process of import became too complicatedâ.
He also denied having any information that the name of Humedica was used as humanitarian cover and asked Al Jazeera to âprotect the name and mandate of Humedica as well as Mr. Santos and not mention them in any relation to the incidentâ.
Despite of Humedicaâs confirmation that Santos was a volunteer, the program revealed documents issued by the organization itself, which are signed by Santos as an Area Manager.