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Assassination in Gaza Strip: Egypt warned Israel not to target Hamas

Egyptian and Palestinian sources revealed the reason for the emergency visit carried out by a delegation of the Egyptian General Intelligence to the Gaza Strip on February 10.

According to the sources, the visit of intelligence officials came surprisingly and urgently after the arrival of information to the Egyptian side about the planning of the Israeli occupation state to assassinate two leaders of “Hamas” movement: the head of the movement in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, and a member of the Military Council of the Al-Qassam Brigades Marwan Issa.

The sources claimed that the Israeli decision resulted from estimates that Al-Sinwar and Issa refused to abide by the current truce process as it was.

The sources claimed that “Cairo suspended an Israeli decision that was targeting the assassination of Hamas leaders, Marwan Issa, whom Israel calls the commander of the Qassam Brigades, the movement’s military arm, and Yahya Al-Sinwar, a Hamas official in the Gaza Strip and a member of its political office.”

The Israeli occupation government holds Al-Sinwar and Issa responsible for the escalation in the Gaza Strip in the recent period, according to what the sources revealed.

Unprecedented decisions

The sources added: “Al-Sinwar, which was the basis for the movement to make decisions that were impossible before assuming the leadership of” Hamas “in the sector, such as ending the rivalry with the current led by the dismissed leader of the” Fatah “movement, Muhammad Dahlan, and the decision to start indirect negotiations with the occupation Regarding the truce, it is now facing pressure from the “Al-Qassam Brigades”, especially those who reject the truce process in its current form, as they consider it an agreement to submit to one party, while Israel does not abide by any agreements.

The sources revealed that the Egyptian security delegation headed last week to the occupied territories to meet with Israeli security officials before heading to the Gaza Strip to warn against the consequences of taking such a step.

At the same time, leaders of the Israeli security services mitigate the repercussions of such a decision (the assassination of Sinwar and Issa), due to the reaction that occurred after the assassination of Baha Abu Al-Atta, the leader of “Al-Quds Brigades”, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement in Last November, according to the sources.

According to the sources, a current within the armed Palestinian factions has become completely unconvinced of the possibility of reaching a long-term truce agreement with “Israel“, as well as the feasibility of Egyptian mediation, which Gaza parties adhere to, only because Cairo supervises the management of the Rafah crossing.

The sources also clarified that a strong current, represented in the military wing within the “Hamas” movement, saw that the decision to back down in political relations with Iran during the last period must be reviewed, noting that “there were promises of greater openness from the parties In the Gulf, on the Hamas movement, if the relations between the latter and Tehran decline, while this did not happen, according to what many see in the movement, and that this strategy almost led them to lose a strong ally they depend on to provide them with weapons.

Threats of assassinations

It is noteworthy that Sinwar, who was a frequent visitor to Cairo, among the delegations of “Hamas” after the return of relations between the two parties, was absent from the last three visits in a mysterious manner, amid talk of contrasting visions with the Egyptian side.

Assassination in Gaza Strip: Egypt warned Israel not to target Hamas

The Egyptian security delegation left Gaza last week after a visit that lasted for hours, during which he assured the leadership of “Hamas” movement and the Palestinian factions, the importance of abiding by the calm understandings to avoid a wide Israeli military operation in the strip.

This disclosure coincides with recent threats by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Minister of War Naftali Bennett to launch a military campaign against the Gaza Strip if calm does not return to the settlements adjacent to the Strip.

During the past weeks, a number of incendiary and explosive balloons and rocket-propelled grenades were launched towards settlements in the range of the so-called “Gaza envelope,” adjacent to the security fence separating the eastern sector.

The resumption of the launch of incendiary balloons towards Israeli settlements comes after a few months’ stoppage in protest by Palestinian youth over the procrastination and Israeli procrastination over the implementation of facilities reached under Egyptian auspices to ease the blockade imposed on the Strip since 2007.

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