Although the report is denied by the Israel Defense Forces, Hamas and Israeli news agencies are reporting that Israeli commandos, disguised as local Arabs, arrested Muhawesh al-Kadinear a mile inside Gaza, near the Rafiah Crossing, Friday night. Al-Kadinear is the senior Hamas terrorist responsible for the kidnapping of IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit in a cross-border raid last summer. As reported by Israel National News:
Palestinian Authority sources said the undercover soldiers were riding a donkey-pulled wagon carting groceries and even conversed with local Arabs before carrying out the arrest. Al-Kadi was working on a tract of land near his house at the time.
According to Hamas, the IDF men wore Hamas Executive Force uniforms and drove a Subaru. Hamas members first believed al-Kadi had been apprehended by Fatah members, following clashes between the two terrorist groups Friday. They said they were planning on launching a reprisal against Fatah when they learned that those who apprehended the Hamas man fled toward the border with Israel and were escorted by IAF helicopters.