Yehya Sinwar, Hamas leader in Gaza, is at top of Israel's hit list after last month's deadly attack

Former Hamas official turns on terror group’s current leadership

The former head of communications for Hamas called the Palestinian terror group’s current leaders “crazy people,” saying their decision to launch the Oct. 7 ramage into southern Israel has set back life in the Gaza Strip for 200 years.

“They destroyed the Gaza Strip. There is no opportunity to live,” Yousef al-Mansi said during questioning by Israel‘s Shin Bet security agency.

As Israel continues its campaign to destroy Hamas, Mr. al-Mansi said Yahya Sinwar, the group’s current leader, has lost the support of those living in the Palestinian enclave. Israeli Defense Forces officials believe Sinwar was the mastermind behind the attack that resulted in the death of more than 1,200 people and about 240 others taken hostage.



“I have not seen anyone in the Gaza Strip who supports Sinwar. Nobody likes Sinwar,” Mr. al-Mansi told his Israeli interrogators, according to the Times of Israel. “There are people who, day and night, pray that God will free us from him.”

Israeli security officials released a 14-minute video of the interrogation that was conducted Sunday. They did not release further details about Mr. al-Mansi‘s detention, the Times of Israel reported.

“People in the Gaza Strip say that Sinwar and his group destroyed us. We must get rid of them,” Mr. al-Mansi said.