A Hamas fighter under remand by Israeli authorities revealed that he was trained in Malaysia to carry out cross-border attacks using powered parachute, according to report by the Jerusalem Post.

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said the suspect, a Hamas cell commander captured in Khan Younis (a city in the southern Gaza Strip), told interrogators the training was part of Hamas’ preparations to oppose an Israel Defence Force (IDF) ground offensive in the Gaza Strip.

The suspect is reported to have joined Hamas in 2007 and became a part of its military wing known as Izzadin Kassam.

He reportedly travelled to Malaysia in 2012, where he and nine other Hamas members learned how to fly a powered parachute.

Shin Bet said he joined Hamas’s reserves unit in the same year, which was tasked with special operations during wartime.

In 2013, he joined an elite cell where he received a Kalashnikov or better known as the AK-47 to carry with him at all times.

He was later trained to use M-16 rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and bombs and was taught how to kidnap soldiers, and tunnel warfare.

Shin Bet said he was scheduled to train others in the same combat skills this month.