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April 23, 2019 9:24 am

Mass Arrests Follow PA Sting Against Hamas Spy Network

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Members of Hamas’ security forces patrol an area along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90. – According to a report on the Ynet website on Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority has conducted sweeping arrests of senior PA defense officials suspected of spying for Hamas.

PA military intelligence allegedly uncovered a year-long plot by Hamas to infiltrate the PA security framework. The organization’s leadership was immediately informed and a sting operation was launched against the suspects, who have now been arrested.

According to reports, some of the spies were acting under duress following the arrest by Hamas of their relatives in Gaza, while others were paid for their service. Participants were asked to provide information about operations planned by the PA against Hamas in Gaza and spread disinformation within the PA security establishment.

Spies were found in the general security services, police, national security services and intelligence service.

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