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Hamas rally in Gaza Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

Hamas on Tuesday claimed that it arrested an intelligence agent who had provided information to Israel for 14 years.

A website affiliated with Hamas’s internal security agencies in Gaza claimed that the agent, who was only identified by the initials MS, assisted in providing information which led to the elimination of terrorists and in the bombings of houses in Gaza.

According to the website, the agent was hired by Israeli intelligence in 2002 while working in Israel, through a friend who was tied to Israeli intelligence.

During his stay in Gaza, reported the website, the agent used a cell phone with a SIM card of the Orange cellular phone company. He received 500 shekels per month for the information he passed along to Israel.

Hamas claimed that during his interrogation he admitted providing information to Israeli intelligence about two terrorists’ cars that were later bombed by Israeli forces, as well as about homes of terrorists that were later bombed by the Israeli army as well.

The agent reportedly admitted he had received an assignment to located places rocket storage places, rocket launchers and tunnel entrances.

Hamas regularly claims to have captured “Israeli spies”, and many times it tries them and sentences them to death.

In November, the group claimed to have exposed “the most dangerous intelligence agent” who allegedly worked for the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).

The group executed 18 men in August of 2014 for collaboration with Israel. The move was blasted by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which said that the executions had been conducted illegally outside of the Palestinian court system and could thus not be considered to have gone through fair process.

Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel is punishable by death. All death sentences, however, require the approval of PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who issued a moratorium on death sentences in 2005.

Hamas ignores the moratorium and carries out the executions anyway, as it no longer recognizes the legitimacy of Abbas, whose four-year term expired in 2009.

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