Hamas replaces eliminated senior level member Mazen Faqha

Hamas has reportedly appointed a replacement for former senior level member Mazen Faqha. The terrorist organization blamed Israel for his elimination in the Gaza Strip in March. According to the IDF, Hamas is increasing its efforts to recruit terrorists in the West Bank to carry out terrorist attacks in Israel.
Mazen Faqha's funeral in March 2017 Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

The intelligence community recently received reports that Hamas has appointed a replacement for Mazen Faqha, whom the terrorist organization claims was eliminated by Israel in March. In recent years, Faqha was responsible for operating numerous terror cells in the West Bank. His name has also been linked to the planning of the abduction and murder of three teenagers, Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel and Gil-Ad Sha'er in 2014.

According to reports, Faqha's replacement is a man who was raised and has extensive contacts in the West Bank but now lives in the Gaza Strip. Intelligence assessments indicate that Hamas has not yet managed to successfully rehabilitate the network of contacts that Faqha had maintained for the organization.

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Senior level Hamas member Mazen Faqha Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

The Israeli intelligence community has recently noted bolstered efforts by Hamas to try to reach and recruit terrorists in the West Bank to carry out attacks against Israel. The IDF and the Shin Bet, together with the Palestinian Authority, have thus made significant efforts to damage Hamas's infrastructure; security forces recently shut down about 10 printing houses that printed Hamas materials and dozens of activists were arrested.

Faqha was arrested by Israel after it became clear that he was responsible for a suicide bombing on a bus in northern Israel in 2002 in which 9 people were murdered. Faqha was convicted and sentenced to nine life sentences, but was released in 2011 as part of the Gilad Shalit deal and subsequently deported to Gaza. After his elimination, Hamas executed three Palestinians for allegedly collaborating with Israel.



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