BREAKING – GAZA: Hamas internal security chief terrorist Tawfiq Abu Naim, who was released in the Shalit deal, has survived an assassination attempt in Gaza City.
Abu Naim sustained minor injuries, including shrapnel wounds in his legs and back after he was targeted by a car bomb.
Abu Naim is a key implementer of Hamas’ crackdown against ISIS-linked Salafi terrorists and efforts to secure the Sinai border with Egypt.
The bombing occurred just as the chief terrorist left prayers at the main mosque in the Nuseirat neighborhood in central Gaza.
Hamas has declared the Nuseirat neighborhood in central Gaza a closed military zone and has also closed access to the sea following the assassination attempt.
In a Hamas statement issued after the shooting, “enemies of the Palestinian nation” were blamed
“The attempted assassination is a cowardly act of the enemies of the Palestinian nation and national enemies,” the statement read.
“This is an assault on Gaza’s security, its stability and the unity of the nation and the national reconciliation,” it continued. “The security apparatus and the Interior Ministry must pursue these criminals, trap them and put them on trial. They must use an iron fist against anyone who plans to harm the security of our people and our stability.”
Similarly, Fatah also condemned the attack, describing it as an attempt to undermine the recent reconciliation deal between the PA and Hamas.
Naim is responsible for Hamas’s Palestinian security in Gaza, the police and all other official clandestine security bodies concerned with the enclaves internal security.
He is considered to be extremely close with the terror movements leadership, headed by Ismail Haniyeh and Yahya Sinwar.
Recently, he worked on building and completing the buffer zone between the Gaza Strip and Egypt as part of Hamas’s efforts to prove to Cairo that it was doing all within its power to cut ISIS terrorists off who making their way to the Sinai Peninsula via Gaza.
In addition, Naim led efforts against Salafi terrorism in Gaza and against individual and groups affiliated with ISIS. Less than a month ago, his forces tacked down and arrested the Gaza’s ISIS leader, Nur Ussa,
Three other terrorists aligned with ISIS were picked up along with Issa.