Hamas vows to ‘cut off hands’ of Palestinians involved in assassination of operative

Hamas arrests suspected collaborators with Israel with Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh swearing to exact revenge on those who “sent the assassins,” since just settling the score with the killers of Mazen Faqha, simply will not suffice.

By Daniel Siryoti

 

Hamas continued over the weekend to threaten retaliation against Israel over the killing of high-profile official Mazen Faqha in the Gaza Strip two weeks ago, in what the terrorist group alleges was a Mossad assassination.

“The heinous murderers behind the killing of the martyr Mazen Faqha will not escape punishment,” outgoing Hamas political leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh declared in a speech given during a weekend prayer service at a Gaza mosque.

Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, says it all. – IDF Facebook page

He reiterated the threat Hamas made against top Israeli defense officials, saying, “Revenge for the murder of Mazen Faqha will not stop with those who carried out the murder. We will also reach those who sent the assassins to murder Mazen Faqha. The blood of our holy men will not be spilled in vain. This [murder] will elicit serious consequences,” he vowed.

“Hamas security forces in Gaza are working day and night to find Mazen Faqha’s murderers. Such assassinations will not deter Hamas. All hands involved in this assassination will be cut off. Anyone who thinks that we will sit idly by while harm comes to our people is sorely mistaken,” Haniyeh said.

Hamas further announced over the weekend that the group has arrested several Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel. The suspects are facing charges of treason and aiding and abetting the enemy in wartime.

A Hamas spokesman said that the Gaza Prosecutor’s Office plans to file charges against anyone who violates a gag order that has been put in place over the investigation into Faqha’s death.

Mazan Fukha: liquidated

A Hamas spokesman said that the Gaza Prosecutor’s Office plans to file charges against anyone who violates a gag order that has been put in place over the investigation into Faqha’s death.

He stressed that violating the gag order was akin to treason as it essentially helped Israel, meaning that anyone charged over the issue could face the death penalty.

Also over the weekend, Khalil al-Hayya, the deputy of Hamas’ Gaza chief Yahya Sinwar, said that Hamas’ intelligence apparatus had briefed Egyptian intelligence on the details of Faqha’s assassination. The move was part of the recently-improved relations between Gaza’s rulers and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s regime.

 

View original Israel Hayom publication at:
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=41491

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