Armed Palestinians hold suspected collaborator 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)
Hamas has claimed it arrested Western spies from the US, UK, France and Germany
that were operating in the Gaza Strip and targeting the organization, AFP
reported on Saturday.
“The Gaza Strip is swarming with Western
intelligence agencies, such as the American, British, French and German
services,” Mohammed Lafi, a security chief, was quoted in the Hamas Interior
Ministry website as saying.
Hamas has a “list of collaborators who will
be arrested once the time for them to repent has run out,” Lafi was quoted as
According to Lafi, half of the “collaborators” that have already
been arrested confessed to their alleged crimes.
In March, Hamas set a
one-month deadline ending April 11 for alleged Palestinian “collaborators” with
Israel to surrender in return for leniency.
“This is a chance for all
those who fell victims to the deception of Israeli security forces to return to
their people,” a Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman said.
is an appeal to our people to be on alert so as to foil the enemy’s espionage
schemes,” the spokesman said. “The battle with the enemy is a long
Hamas believes there are many Palestinians in the Gaza Strip who
tipped off Israel about the location of rocket launchers, which were targeted
during Operation Pillar of Defense in November of last year.
Gaza operation, Palestinian gunmen in Gaza executed people they accused of
“collaborating” with Israel and filming positions of Hamas
Khaled Abu Tomeh contributed to this report.