Hamas Arrests 'Israeli Spy' Who Allegedly Tried to Get Info on Gaza Tunnels

Woman, 35, visited mourning relatives of recently deceased militants in attempt to deliver intel to Israel, Hamas-affiliated website reports.

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Palestinian members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement mourn during the funeral of fellow militant Ahmed al-Zahar in the village of Al-Moghraga near the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on  February 3, 2016.
Palestinian members the armed wing of Hamas mourn during the funeral of fellow militant who was killed in a tunnel collapse, central Gaza Strip, February 3, 2016.Credit: AFP
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

Hamas has arrested a Palestinian woman suspected of spying for Israel in the Gaza Strip, a website affiliated with the militant group reported on Saturday. 

According to the report, the 35-year-old woman visited the mourning families of militants who were killed in recent tunnel mishaps, and tried to glean information from them under the pretense of a condolence call. 

Nine Hamas militants died in two separate tunnel accidents in the last two weeks. On Tuesday, two militants, one of them a field commander, died in a tunnel in central Gaza. It was unclear if the tunnel collapsed or if the two were killed by an explosion inside the tunnel.

A week before, seven members of Hamas' military wing were killed in a tunnel that collapsed due to weather conditions east of Gaza City. According to the reports, those killed were aged 19-25 and were working to reconstruct an old tunnel used by Hamas during Israel's last military operation in Gaza in 2014.

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