Hamas said on Wednesday that the man who was arrested by the Palestinian Authority security forces in Jenin in connection with the murder of Israeli Arab actor Juliano Mer-Khamis is a member of Fatah and has nothing to do with the Islamist movement.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri identified the suspect as Mujahed Qaniri. He said that Qaniri is known to residents of Jenin as a member of Fatah and its armed wing, the Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.
The Hamas spokesman accused the PA security forces of spreading rumors that the prime suspect in the murder was a member of Hamas.
Qaniri was arrested hours after the murder, which took place outside the Freedom Theater in the Jenin refugee camp.
A PA security source confirmed that Qaniri was once a member of Fatah, but claimed that he later defected to Hamas.
The source pointed out that the suspect has denied involvement in the murder.