Hamas Threatens Action Against Israeli Agents in 'Coming Hours and Days'

Week after the killing of senior official in Hamas' military wing, Gaza group says defense apparatuses 'to ensure security' of Palestinian society.

Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury
Members of Hamas' military wing patrol during a rally to mark Land Day near the Israeli border with east Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on March 30, 2017.
Members of Hamas' military wing patrol during a rally to mark Land Day near the Israeli border with east Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on March 30, 2017.Credit: Said Khatib, AFP
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

Hamas on Saturday threatened to take "intensive action against Israeli agents in the coming hours and days" in retaliation for the assassination of a top militant attributed to Israel by the Gaza group.

The spokesman for the Interior Ministry in Gaza said on Saturday afternoon that the Strip's defense apparatuses will make the move "in order to ensure the security" of Palestinian society.

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The remarks came week after the killing of Mazen Fuqaha, a senior official in Hamas' military wing. Hamas accused Israel of the assassination, with reports in Gaza claiming that the attackers had infiltrated the coastal enclave by sea. Hamas has been threatening to take revenge since. Israel has not taken responsbility for the hit.

On Wednesday, a news site linked to the terrorist group posted a video showing Israeli leaders in snipers' crosshairs.

Fuqaha was sentenced to life in prison and an additional 50 years for planning a suicide bombing on a bus in northern Israel in 2002, which killed nine Israelis. But in 2011, Fuqaha was released as part of a prisoner exchange deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Fuqaha, originally from the village of Tubas in the northern West Bank, was exiled at Israel’s demand to Gaza. He was considered a senior member of Hamas’ West Bank command, which gave orders and funds to West bank cells.

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