The Hamas terror organization has accused Western and Arab spy agencies on Saturday of operating in Gaza , claiming it has obtained a list of alleged collaborators.
"The Gaza Strip is swarming with Western intelligence agencies, such as the American, British, French and German services," said Mohammed Lafi, an internal security chief, quoted on the Hamas interior ministry website.
"They all target Gaza and Hamas," he said, while also implicating unnamed Arab intelligence services.
The security services has "a list of collaborators who will be arrested once the time for them to repent has run out," the official said.
Some have already been arrested and "half of them have confessed to being collaborators," said Lafi, who also cautioned against Palestinian Authority journalists feeding information to foreign correspondents and institutions, according to the AFP news agency.
Hamas, branded a terrorist organization by the Unites States and European Union, on March 12 set a one-month ultimatum for alleged Palestinian Authority "collaborators" with Israel to surrender in return for leniency.
Under PA law, collaboration with Israel is punishable by death.