Hamas issued a statement in the West Bank on Sunday charging that the arrest of senior military commander Sheikh Maher Ode after a long and complicated pursuit was only possible with the collusion of Fatah militias. It said that the success of the Israeli occupation forces' detention of Ode reflected "cowardice and treachery."
"Resistance is our strategic option and it will rise anew in the West Bank despite its wounds," the statement said, adding, "the arrest or assassination of leaders is the tax of honor that we pay with pride".
Hamas' parliamentary bloc, echoed the same accusation, describing Ode's detention as the fruit of security coordination between the PA in Ramallah and Israel. It urged Fatah to adopt a daring stand and stop its security coordination with the "Zionist enemy".
For his part, Ihab Al-Ghussain, the spokesman of the Palestinian interior ministry in Gaza Strip, said that the detention of Ode was a shame on Fatah's authority and its security apparatuses in the West Bank. He said that Israel could not capture Ode for the past ten years and only succeeded with the help of Fatah's security.
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