Hamas Claims to Have Arrested Israeli Agent in Gaza Strip

According to local reports, the man worked for Israel for 15 years and is considered to be a key operative.

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Palestinian medics carrying the body of an alleged collaborator with Israel as another body lies in an ambulance after they were executed in Gaza City August 22, 2014.Credit: Reuters
Jack Khoury

Hamas security forces claimed on Tuesday that they detained an Israeli agent in the Gaza Strip.

According to local reports, the man worked for Israel for 15 years and is considered to be a key operative.

The man reportedly recruited new collaborators by providing a list of Palestinians whose families were in need of money or medical assistance to his Israeli handlers.

It is further alleged that the man served as a "bank" of sorts for collaborators, and led a large network of sources who contributed information vital to Israeli efforts during Operation Protective Edge (among other operations) in locating Hamas officials, and the hidden locations of missiles and rocket-launching sites.

Since 2012's Operation Pillar of Defense, Hamas has worked hard to expose agents collaborating with Israel. In the past, Hamas has executed alleged collaborators, while simultaneously sparing collaborators who turned themselves in within a designated time period.

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