Hamas on Thursday said it had uncovered an Israeli-commissioned network of spies and collaborators. Some of the elements "were behind the assassination of leaders of the resistance," AFP quoted Hamas' interior ministry spokesman, Ihab al-Ghussein, as saying on Thursday.
The discovery led to many arrests. "The collaborators had a clear role during the last Israeli war on Gaza," dpa quoted al-Ghussein as saying. "They were providing the Israeli Army with information about" the Hamas fighters and their homes, which were targeted during the war, he added.
"The relevant bodies have succeeded in acquiring dangerous confessions," added the spokesman, who released video recordings showing two of the detainees admitting to their spying for Israel and detailing the manner of their recruitment. "The number of collaborators is not huge, but they are dangerous," he added.