GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Hamas movement on Thursday said that it has arrested the assassin of Mazen Fuqaha, top Hamas leader in March. The announcement came during a conference in Gaza today, by Hamas leader, Isma’il Haneyya.
“Everyone knows Israel wants to harm Hamas… we’ve stopped the assassin who pulled the trigger following the instructions of his Israeli commanders,” Haneyya said.
Fuqaha, a senior member of Hamas’ military wing, was gunned down on March 24 in the southern Gaza City neighborhood of Tel al-Hawa. The first suspect of the attack was Israel.
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Israel sentenced Fuqaha to life in prison and 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. (PNN)