The Hamas movement, on Thursday, said that it has arrested the assassin of one of its top military chiefs, Mazen Fuqaha.Â The announcement came during a conference in Gaza today, by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyyeh.
âEveryone knows Israel wants to harm HamasâŠ weâve stopped the assassin who pulled the trigger following the instructions of his Israeli commanders,â Haniyyeh said, according to the PNN.
Fuqaha, a senior member of Hamasâ military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was gunned down on March 24 in the southern Gaza City neighborhood of Tel al-Hawa. The first suspect of the attack was Israel.
Israel had sentenced Fuqaha to life in prison, plus an additional 50 years, for allegedly planning a suicide bombing on a bus in northern Israel in 2002, which killed nine Israelis. But, in 2011, he was released as part of a prisoner exchange deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
IMEMC Opinion/Analysis: 03/25/17Â Senior Militant Hamas Leader Mazen Fuqaha Assassinated â Beyond the âIsrael did itâ PR
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.