The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) arrested a senior Hamas operative in May in the Gaza Strip despite the recent lull in violence, the agency revealed on Monday.
Azam Abu-Krim was captured on May 4 for his alleged involvement in a Hamas division which is responsible for organizing terror attacks against Israel via proxies of Hamas. The division, the Shin Bet said, was run by Hamas Interior Minister Ahmed Hamed. Abu-Krim told the Shin Bet that the division was set up so that Hamas could deny its involvement in attacks and instead Israel would blame other radical Islamic groups in the Gaza Strip like those that are believed to be affiliated with Global Jihad. Abu-Krim was charged last week with attempted murder, membership in an illegal organization and other crimes in the Beersheba District Court.