Hamas claims it foiled Israeli attempts to assassinate senior Muslim terrorists
Hamas has thwarted Israeli attempts to assassinate senior Muslim terrorists members of its armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, whose sole mission is to murder Jews, according to a report in the Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar that cited sources in the terror group.
According to the report, Israel attempted the assassinations following a failed undercover mission in Gaza in November, that left six Muslim terrorists eliminated and an IDF elite officer dead.
The sources told the newspaper that unlike previous direct attempts to eliminate Hamas terrorists, this time Israel used “silent methods” meant to leave no traces and that cannot be concretely tied to it.
The newspaper quoted a terrorist saying that last month Hamas arrested an Israeli collaborator who sought to poison the food of a senior terrorist member of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam.
The report did not mention the terrorist’s name but said a successful poisoning would have been a major blow to the terror group.
Another assassination attempted was thwarted after a booby-trapped package sent to a senior terrorist was intercepted.
The drill was conducted in coordination between al-Qassam and the Islamic Jihad wing Saraya al-Quds. The alert level was raised to its highest and all the terrorists were called up for duty.