Senior Hamas official says Israel is behind the assassination attempt on security chief

After General Tawfik Abu Naim, head of Hamas' internal security services in the Gaza Strip, survived what appears to be an attempt on his life, a fellow senior Hamas official pointed his finger at Israel: "They are responsible for the latest attempt on General Tawfik’s life."
Ismail Haniyeh visited Abu Naim in the hospital, today Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

After Hamas Internal Security Chief in the Gaza Strip Tawfik Abu Naim was wounded Friday morning when an explosive in his vehicle outside a nearby mosque in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, blew up, a senior member of the terrorist organization and a member of its political bureau Khalil al-Hayya accused Israel of being behind the incident. "The organization points blame at the occupation and its collaborators," al-Hayya declared. "They are responsible for the latest attempt on General Tawfik’s life."

According to reports, Abu Naim was moderately wounded, suffering from injuries to his leg and back, and was evacuated to Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital in Khan Yunis where he was visited by Hamas’ political leader Ismail Haniyeh. Despite Hamas’ accusations against Israel, at this stage, it is not clear who was behind the incident in which Abu Naim was targeted by a car bomb.

Immediately following the attempt, Hamas’ military wing declared the Nuseirat refugee camp a closed military zone in an attempt to capture those responsible. A Hamas spokesman said that "an assassination attempt is cowardly, and only enemies of our people and homeland are capable of carrying out such an act."

 

Tawfik Abu Naim Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Abu Naim, who is a released Israeli security prisoner, is head of the Hamas security services - a position equivalent to the Israel Police commissioner and is run by the Palestinian Interior Ministry in the Gaza Strip. Recently, Abu Naim has become a prominent figure through his statements and tours along the border with Egypt where he oversees the establishment of an Egyptian-requested buffer zone. The buffer zone is intended to prevent the infiltration of terrorist operatives and the smuggling of weapons into the northern Sinai Peninsula.

Earlier this month, a reconciliation agreement was signed between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, under which the Gaza Strip’s civil control would be transferred to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ security services. However, since Hamas refused to disarm under the reconciliation agreement, it is unclear whether there is a connection between the attempt on Abu Naim's life and issues of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement.



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