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Hamas said on Wednesday that the man who was arrested by the Palestinian
Authority security forces in Jenin in connection with the slaying of Israeli
actor Juliano Mer-Khamis is a member of Fatah and has nothing to do with the
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 Aksa Martyrs Brigades.
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 killing, which took place outside the Freedom Theater in the Jenin
A PA security source confirmed that Qaniri was once a
member of Fatah, but claimed that he later defected to Hamas.
said the suspect has denied involvement in the killing.