Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar threatened to bury prisoner alive

The relatives of Mahmoud Ishtiwi, a senior level Hamas member, claim that Yahya Sinwar, who was recently chosen to be the new Hamas leader in Gaza, is responsible for their loved one’s death. The family claims that Sinwar himself threatened to bury Ishtiwi alive.
Sinwar (right) Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

Mahmoud Ishtiwi, a senior level Hamas member, was first arrested by the terrorist organization to which he belonged on January 15, 2015. 10 months later, he was executed and according to his family, the person responsible for his death is none other than Yahya Sinwar, who was chosen about a month ago to be the terrorist organization’s leader in Gaza.

Ishtiwi was the battalion commander in Gaza’s Zaytun Quarter during Operation Protective Edge. Hamas arrested him on suspicion of conducting homosexual activities. He was seriously tortured while in prison. The person who initially interrogated him was his direct commander and later on, Sinwar was tasked with the responsibility of the interrogations.

Ishtiwi’s relatives claim that Sinwar himself was there when their loved one was tortured. Eventually, Ishtiwi was allowed to see his family. During the meeting, Ishtiwi showed his loved ones a piece of paper that Sinwar allegedly gave him. The note read: “Believe me, you will tell the truth when your mouth fills up with concrete.”

The note was signed by Abu Ibrahim, Sinwar’s nickname. 10 months later, Ishtiwi was executed when he was shot three times.

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