Two days ago, the Kassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, infiltrated through the Israeli border and launched a major operation. While the whole world was shocked by this unexpected development, everyone wondered about the architect of the operation. Here is Mohammed Deif, the head of the Kassam Brigades, nicknamed The Guest, and his remarkable life story.
On the morning of October 7, the world watched as dozens of heavily armed Hamas fighters infiltrated Israel. While the Aksa Flood operation shocked Israel and the world, everyone wondered about the name of the head of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas. Here is the architect of the operation, Mohammed Deif, code-named “Guest”, and his unknowns.
THE AQSA DELUGE CAUSED GREAT REPERCUSSIONS
On the morning of October 7, Hamas’ military wing, the Kassam Brigades, launched the “Aqsa Flood” against Israel. in the Gaza Strip. Thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza in the direction of Israel, while armed groups entered settlements in the region. While many parts of Israel were on fire, the whole world was shocked by this attack. As Israel launched a counter-attack against this operation, everyone wondered who was the architect of Hamas’ operation, which made a huge impact from the very first moment.
SURVIVED DOZENS OF ASSASSINATIONS
This was none other than Mohammed Deif, the elusive leader of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas. Deif, who is at the top of Israel’s hit list, has survived dozens of assassinations so far. So much so that Israeli Army Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman said after an operation 2 years ago, “We tried to kill Mohammed Deif during the operation.”
EVERYONE CALLS HIM “GUEST”
Deif was born in 1965 in Khan Younis Refugee Camp in occupied Gaza. The Kassam Brigades leader, whose real name is Mohammed Diab Ibrahim al-Masri, was later known by the Arabic name “deif”, meaning “guest”, due to his nomadic lifestyle, which enabled him to escape Israeli airstrikes. Deif joined Hamas when it was being formed in the late 1980s and became the head of its military wing after the assassination of one of its founders, Salah Shahada, in 2002. Deif is also credited with designing the spider web of tunnels under Gaza.