Hamas: We nabbed spies who tried to find Schalit

According to Hamas, "collaborators" took one of soldier's kidnappers and handed him to the IDF last month.

October 24, 2007 13:24
Hamas: We nabbed spies who tried to find Schalit

Gilad Schalit 248.88. (photo credit: Courtesy)

The Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry in the Gaza Strip said Wednesday that members of a "very dangerous collaborators network" have been arrested in the Gaza Strip. According to the announcement, the four collaborators kidnapped Mohawah al-Qadi, a senior member of Hamas's military wing and a commander in its Executive Force militia, and handed him over to the IDF. Qadi is believed to be involved with the abduction of IDF Cpl. Gilad Schalit just outside the Gaza Strip in June 2006. According to the announcement, the four men were recruited by Israel in the West Bank and then sent to the Strip to locate Schalit and his kidnappers. One of the suspects admitted to collaborating with Israel. He said that after being arrested by the IDF, the Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) forced him to help find Schalit's location. He was told to provide details on Qadi's location after he failed to locate Schalit. Last month, the IDF denied involvement in what Palestinians claimed was an Israeli capture of Qadi. If the Palestinian reports are true, Israeli forces penetrated into central Rafah to nab the senior Hamas member.

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