During the 12-hour clash, at least 28 people, 20 of them Jund members,
were killed and more than 130 others were injured at the mosque, Middle East Newsline reported. On Aug. 24,
the Israeli television channels broadcast a video taken by a cellular phone
that showed black-clad Hamas forces shooting Jund captives at close range
from several directions.
The camera, taken from a nearby roof, showed Jund fighters, trapped in
the mosque courtyard. Hamas soldiers in a building overlooking the courtyard
shot dead each of the Jund fighters.
The video, broadcast by Israel's Channel 2 and Channel 10, was the first
that provided an up-close view of the Hamas military operation that
decimated Jund. In the video, said to have been provided by the opposition
Fatah movement, Hamas soldiers and security forces shoot Jund captives dead
against a wall.
The executions were said to have been ordered by the Hamas military
command. Channel 10 aired a recording of Hamas military radio communications
that ordered the execution of all Jund fighters.
"Tell me quickly what's happening," a Hamas commander is heard asking an
officer in the mosque.
"Everything's okay, the situation is under control," a field officer
replied. "The injured have arrived at the hospital. Our fellows are taken
them out to be killed, right?"
"Good. Good, I know about this," the commander said. "If there's anybody
alive, kill them."
"Over," the officer replied.
An estimated 2,000 Hamas soldiers and police were said to have secured
the southern Gaza Strip and prepared for the attack on the mosque.
Palestinian sources said the Hamas operation was led by the Izzedin Kassam
Hamas has not responded to the report. The Islamic regime banned video
from the battle at the Rafah mosque.