FACT CHECK: No, Hamas Has Not Surrendered
A video shared on Facebook claims Hamas has surrendered to Israel following military operations in Gaza.
While some Hamas members have surrendered, the entirety of the terror group has not.
Social media users have been sharing a video claiming that Hamas has been destroyed and surrendered. The video caption reads, “The end of Hamas! Hamas Last Hope DESTROYED! Helpless Militants Surrendered to Israel Justice!”
However, this is highly misleading. While some Hamas terrorists have surrendered, there is no evidence that the entire terror group has surrendered to Israel. If all of Hamas had surrendered, media outlets would have covered it, yet none have. (RELATED: No, This Photo Does Not Show American Soldiers Praying Before Being Deployed To Israel)
The Institute for Understanding War (ISW), a non-partisan think tank, wrote in its Nov. 19 Iran Update that “the al Quds Brigades—the militant wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)—and the al Qassem Brigades—the militant wing of Hamas—claimed several hit-and-run attacks on Israeli forces and military vehicles, including one combined operation.”
“The al Qassem Brigades conducted a complex attack on an Israeli combat outpost in the Nasr neighborhood of Gaza City. The group published a video of three militia fighters conducting a ‘martyrdom operation’ at the Rantisi Specialist Hospital in the al Nasr neighborhood, where Israeli forces have established a combat outpost since November 13. The militia fighters were armed with small arms and fired an RPG at the hospital. A local media outlet said the fighters are part of ‘suicide squads,'” the ISW wrote.
Israel and Hamas officials are discussing an extension to the ceasefire agreement to allow for more hostages to be released in exchange for jailed Palestinians, according to The Guardian. The Qatari-mediated truce nearly broke down on Saturday when Hamas officials delayed the second release of hostages, claiming Israel had violated the terms of the ceasefire, the outlet reported.
Misinformation surrounding the Israel-Hamas war is not new. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video claiming to show Israeli troops storming the Al-Shifa Hospital.