«Israeli» Attempts to Assassinate Hamas Members Repeatedly Thwarted
By Staff, Agencies
Attempts to assassinate members of Hamas' military wing by the “Israeli” entity were thwarted multiple times over recent months, Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar reported on Wednesday.
The reported attempts came in earnest following a botched operation last November in the besieged Gaza Strip that left one “Israeli” Occupation Forces [IOF] Special Forces soldier dead, according to Hamas security sources who spoke with the publication.
The Gaza-based security sources also noted that unlike previous attempts to assassinate senior Hamas members, the “Israeli” entity employed a "silent method" to take out their targets meant to minimize their footprint on the operations.
The newspaper quoted the sources as saying that Hamas successfully arrested an individual they said was working with the “Israeli” entity.
The perpetrator is accused of trying to poison at least one senior member of the group's military wing, adding that if the operation had succeeded, it would have been a major blow to the resistances organization.
"‘Israel’ tried to return to the methods it used in the 1970s against senior members of the Palestinian organizations," al-Akhbar quoted one source as saying.
Another assassination attempted was thwarted after security officials successfully intercepted a booby-trapped package sent to a senior figure in Hamas' military wing.
Arrests were made in that incident as well following an instigation by Hamas.