Hamas claims it discovered a dolphin assassin sent by Israel. Experts say it’s plausible, but more likely propaganda.

A Hamas spokesperson released a video saying the militant group had discovered an Israeli killer dolphin.

Hamas claims to have discovered a dolphin fitted with a gun-like device off the coast of the Gaza Strip.
A spokesman for the militant group alleged that Israel had trained it to target Palestinian combat divers.
Experts told Insider that the claim should be viewed skeptically, even though dolphins are sometimes used by the military.

A spokesman for the Palestinian Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, claimed in a video on Monday that the militant group had discovered an Israeli assassin dolphin off the coast of the Gaza Strip.

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The spokesperson alleged that Israel’s military had trained the dolphin to chase and kill Hamas’s frogmen, per the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds.

The spokesman said that one Hamas fighter, Israel killed during the conflict in May, found a gun-like device attached to the aquatic mammal, The Jerusalem Post reported. He did not specify when the operation took place.

Hamas claims to have found a gun-like device on the beak of a dolphin.

Experts told Insider that while dolphins can and have been used for military exercises, this most recent claim of a sea-faring assassin should be viewed with skepticism.

“Hamas has definitely put out a lot of propaganda and, if you like, not entirely honest media in the past,” said HI Sutton, a defense analyst who writes for the US Naval Institute during an interview with Insider. “So there’s always a chance that it’s made up.”

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Gervase Philips, a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, whose research focuses on animals in human conflict, told Insider he agrees.

“My own position is that, theoretically, this is possible, but I am very, very skeptical,” he told Insider. “There’s a …read more

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