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Newly released video shows the moment members of an Israeli navy unit gunned down Hamas terrorists trying to infiltrate the country by sea on the morning of the attack.
The dramatic footage captured sailors from the Snapir unit aboard Defender-class vessels firing machine guns and lobbing depth charges on the terrorists after their speedboats were sunk by Dvora-class patrol boats, The Times of Israel reported.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the terrorists tried to swim toward the Israeli coast.
“Snapir fighters opened fire on the terrorists, amid a naval pursuit. The fighters thwarted a number of terrorists at sea, and from there they continued to thwart terrorists when they reached the coastline,” the IDF said.
Snapir is a harbor security unit that is part of the patrol squadrons stationed at the Navy’s bases in nearby Ashdod, Haifa in the north and Eilat in the south, the outlet noted.
The Israeli navy’s elite Shayetet 13 commando unit also took part in the fight against the invading terrorists by retaking the IDF’s Sufa post along the Gaza border.
More than 1,400 Israelis have been killed, the vast majority of them civilians, since the Oct. 7 attack, officials said. At least 199 others, including children, were captured by Hamas and taken into Gaza.