Hamas blames Palestinian Authority for recent Gaza bombings

Published June 10th, 2015 - 12:14 GMT
Hamas has accused Palestinian Authority officials of paying operatives to carry out bombings in Gaza. (AFP/File)
Hamas has accused Palestinian Authority officials of paying operatives to carry out bombings in Gaza. (AFP/File)

Hamas on Wednesday accused senior Palestinian Authority officials of being behind a recent spate of bombings in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas Interior Ministry spokeman Iyad al-Bezem said at a press conference in Gaza that PA intelligence officials, as well as Mahmoud al-Habash, an adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas are behind the efforts to send the Strip into a "spiral of chaos."

Bezem said that Habash and his associates had paid operatives in Gaza to carry out the sabotage. He said the goal of the sabotage was to sow strife between Palestinian factions in the Strip.

Bezem claimed that a man arrested while trying to place a car bomb in Shejaiya admitted to working under the direction of Habash and Maj. Sami Nasman of the PA security services, and they subsequently caught a number of suspects involved in acts of sabotage at the direction of PA security agencies.

The Hamas spokesman said that Abbas and his security forces bear the responsiblity for the attempts to disrupt Palestinian unity and he urged PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to punish those involved based on the Hamas investigation.

Bezem said that the plot proves that the PA is spending funds for the destruction of Gaza rather than the reconstruction and rebuilding of the Strip.

He vowed that, despite the attempts, "lawlessness will not be allowed to rein in Gaza again."

Hamas had previously accused members of Fatah of being behind bombings which targeted security installations and figures in the Gaza Strip, denying that Salafi jihadists who are affiliated with Daesh (ISIS) were linked to the bombings.

The embattled leadership of Gaza has also had to contend in recent weeks with Salafi extremist groups who have fired rockets at Israel in order to bring about Israeli retaliatory strikes against Hamas targets.


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