Hamas cadre arrested in Sidon over spying for Israel
Hamas member Khalil Abou Maazeh has been arrested in Sidon by the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch on suspicion of collaborating with Israel, a media report said.
“He told interrogators that he had worked in the engineering unit of the Qassam Brigades in northern Gaza before totally becoming a member of Hamas’ military wing and establishing ties within and outside the movement. He added that years ago Israel’s intelligence services had managed to recruit him for money,” al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Friday.
“The investigations revealed that Abou Maazeh had relations with Qassam Brigades engineers who worked in labs for developing weapons for the Palestinian resistance, including Hamza Shaheen, a bomb technician who was killed in a mysterious blast in a mosque in the al-Bourj al-Shamali camp on December 10, 2021. It later turned out that the explosion was caused by a sabotage operation carried out by Israel’s spies,” the daily added.
The investigations also revealed that the detainee had later worked with Hamas’ West Bank division and had ties to Hamas’ armed groups in the West Bank, al-Akhbar said, adding that Abou Maazeh “played a role in exposing a number of resistance cells in Palestine.”
“While in Beirut, Israel tasked him with monitoring the Hamas militants who leave the West Bank or the Gaza Strip for Lebanon,” the daily added.