Hamas arrests ‘veteran’ spy in Gaza

Palestinian security forces [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian security forces

The Palestinian security services run by Hamas in the Gaza Strip have announced the arrest of a “veteran” spy, Al-Majd website reported at the weekend. The 53 year old man, identified only as “NM”, is alleged to have helped the Israeli occupation forces to target the Palestinian resistance across the territory for eight years.

According to Al-Majd — a Palestinian website close to the Islamic Resistance Movement which specialises in intelligence news — NM received a call in 2007 from someone who identified himself as an agent for Israel’s Shabak spy agency. He was, it is claimed, asked to cooperate with Israeli intelligence in return for payment. Having agreed, he was commissioned by Shabak to report any military activities of the Palestinian resistance and spread propaganda against Hamas and the resistance among the residents of Gaza. He became the contact person who loaded secret financial caches from which other spies could take their funds and electronic spying equipment.

In the 2008 and 2012 Israeli military offensives against the Gaza Strip, NM provided Israel with information about the homes of resistance fighters, secret rocket launch sites and other details that led to the killing of many Palestinians. Apparently he was inactive during the 2014 Israeli war against Gaza due to a Hamas crackdown on spies and informers.

NM also said that before he was arrested, he met with a Shabak official in Israel and renewed his commitment to help the occupation against the Palestinian resistance. During the investigation into his activities, he accepted that he had accepted the original Shabak offer immediately and continued his collaboration until his arrest.

(Source / 10.01.2017)

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