Hamas on Saturday vowed a “harsh response” against Israel for the killing of Mazen Faqha, a high-profile official with the Gaza Strip-based terrorist group. Faqha was found shot dead at the entrance of his house in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood on Friday evening. According to Hamas he was shot four times in the head with a silenced gun. Hamas has vowed revenge against Israel. There is a problem: Hamas blamed Israel for the “assassination” but provided no proof to support the accusation. While the group usually points the finger at the Shin Bet security agency, this time Gaza’s rulers claimed the Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency, was behind the hit. Faqha was well known in Israel. In 2003, he was apprehended by Israel and sentenced to nine life terms with an additional 50 years for directing a 2002 suicide bombing in Safed that left nine Israelis dead and dozens wounded. He was released as part of the 2011 Schalit prisoner exchange and was deported to Gaza, where he formed Hamas “West Bank headquarters”, tasked with creating terrorist cells across Judea and Samaria. Hamas will do everything to avenge Farah. The means of revage are manifold and we know that Hamas executes those convicted of collaborating with Israel.
On Wednesday morning, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) broke into and attacked the headquarters of the Palestine National Initiative (PNI) movement in central Ramallah and arrested two youths. Eyewitnesses said that Israeli soldiers broke into the city with military jeeps, then stormed the headquarters, raided them, arrested two youths and confiscated computers. During the attack, clashes broke out between the youths and IOF, who threw intense teargas and rubber-coated metal bullets, injuring two Palestinians.
Israeli Occupation Forces weld-shut a Palestinian prisoner’s room in Yatta, southern Hebron Hills, and arrested 20 others from different areas. Local sources said that on Thursday after midnight, IOF broke into the family home of prisoner Younis Zain after surrounding it. Soldiers then weld-shut the prisoner’s room in the house by partially filling it with concrete, under the pretext of participating in plotting the Tel-Aviv shooting in which four Israelis were killed. After that, IOF arrested 20 Palestinians from their homes and on checkpoints and refugee camps around Hebron, Ramallah and Bethlehem areas.
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Wednesday morning shot and wounded a Palestinian younth in Hawara town south of Nablus, following an alleged stabbing attack. After the shooting, Za’tara and Hawara checkpoints were closed, and the Palestinian Ministry of Health affirmed that a young man was injured by Israeli gunfire at Hawara checkpoint.