'Gaza escalation against Hamas political wing's wishes'

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April 9, 2011 16:33

 
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The commander of Hamas' armed wing, Izzadin Kassam Brigades, Ahmed Jabari was responsible for giving the order to escalate the situation along the Gaza Border against the wishes of the organization's political wing in Gaza and Damascus, Israel Radio reported.

According to the Palestinian source, Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh accused Jabari of "megalomania" for his actions in escalating the situation, according to the report. He added that Jabari's decision to escalate the situation was partly due to the assassination of his close friend, Ismail a-Lobed, who was the organization's point man for smuggling weapons into Gaza from the Sinai Peninsula.

Lobed was apparently Hamas' contact person with Beduin smugglers and his assassination presented a huge loss of smuggling routes for the organization, Israel Radio quoted the source as saying.

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