GAZA The Hamas Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip explained on Thursday it has apprehended the killer of 1 of its senior commanders and that he carried out the assassination on Israel’s orders.
Mazen Fuqaha, 38, was shot in the head and the upper body in his automobile on March 24 in close proximity to his Gaza property.
Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, in an interview with Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper quickly immediately after the killing, attributed the dying to an inside power dispute in Hamas.
“We announce to the Palestinian men and women that the 1 who carried out this crime upon orders of Israeli stability officers is now in the arms of (Palestinian) stability providers,” explained Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’s recently elected supreme chief, as Fuqaha’s spouse stood next to him, smiling.
“The immediate killer who executed the crime was arrested,” Haniyeh explained to reporters, without having determining him, but saying that he had confessed to the shooting.
Israel’s Shin Guess stability assistance, which carries out covert operations in opposition to Palestinian militants, did not respond instantly to a request for a remark on Haniyeh’s allegations.
Israel jailed Fuqaha in 2003 for organizing attacks in opposition to Israelis and sentenced him to 9 existence phrases. He was launched in 2011, as component of a group of much more than one,000 Palestinian prisoners whom Israel freed in trade for a captive soldier.
Israeli media explained that immediately after Fuqaha’s release and exile to Gaza that he continued to prepare attacks by Palestinian militants in the occupied West Bank.
“The occupier bears accountability for (Fuqaha’s dying) because the confession (of the killer) is obvious the master who gave the orders was the occupier, the Zionist enemy,” explained Haniyeh, but he stopped shorter of threatening retaliation.
In March, Hamas, which has mostly noticed an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel because a seven-7 days war in 2014, vowed Israel would shell out the price for Fuqaha’s killing.
Cross-border violence between Gaza militants and Israel has mostly died down because that conflict.
(Composing by Nidal al-Mughrabi Modifying by Jeffrey Heller in Jerusalem and Alison Williams)