Alwaght- Hamas movement's security services have arrested dozens of people over collaboration with Israeli regime, after a botched covert mission by Tel Aviv in Gaza in November.
"The security services were able to arrest 45 agents after the security incident east of Khan Yunis last November and they are under investigation,” Hamas’ interior ministry spokesman Iyad al-Bozum said in a statement, without specifying if those detained had any direct role to play in the Israeli incursion into the Southern Gaza strip on November 11.
The arrested alleged Israeli agents had reportedly been recruited by Tel Aviv over the phone and social media, often through the use of blackmail. While Hamas has managed to arrest "many spies" over the years, Israeli regime continues to recruit Palestinian agents to “help them commit crimes against our people,” the Hamas spokesman said, appealing to those who are being coerced by the Israeli regime to turn themselves in.
The botched IDF mission in Khan Yunis, in which a Hamas commander was killed along with an Israeli lieutenant colonel, initially led to a shootout between the Israeli forces and Hamas operatives but quickly escalated into a cross-border battle, described as the most intense since 2014.
In retaliation, Hamas and Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine launched over 400 rockets and projectiles into occupied Palestinian lands.