Hamas Executes Commander Accused of Providing Israel With Intelligence on Terror Chief Mohammed Deif
Gaza based terror group Hamas executed one of its military commanders who was charged with exposing its top commander Mohammad Deif during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Monday.
According to the report, Muhammad Shtiawi provided Israel with the intelligence that guided the Aug. 19, 2014 IDF strike on Deif’s house. While the Hamas commander’s wife, infant son, and daughter were all killed in the strike, Deif apparently survived, sustaining injuries.
Deif, who commands Hamas’ Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, has been sought by Israel for almost 20 years over his involvement in several terrorist attacks against Israelis, including kidnappings of Israeli soldiers, suicide attacks and bus bombings in Israel.
In late April, after rumors of his death and subsequent denials had circulated, it became clear that he had survived the Israeli strike and returned to lead Hamas’ military operations.
Deif has escaped multiple assassination attempts over the years.