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Hamas executes commander for leaking where terror chief was hiding

Muhammad Shtiwi killed for allegedly revealing whereabouts of Muhammad Deif to Israel ahead of failed IDF strike last summer

A digger removes cement and debris on August 20, 2014, of a home destroyed the night before in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City's Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, targeting the elusive Hamas military chief Muhammad Deif (photo credit: AFP/Mohammed Abed)
A digger removes cement and debris on August 20, 2014, of a home destroyed the night before in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City's Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, targeting the elusive Hamas military chief Muhammad Deif (photo credit: AFP/Mohammed Abed)

A commander in the military wing of Hamas was executed Monday for allegedly giving Israel information on the whereabouts of Hamas leader Muhammad Deif, Hamas sources said.

Muhammad Shtiwi had been under Hamas arrest since January for allegedly revealing the location of the shadowy terror mastermind during last summer’s Gaza conflict, the TV report said.

Deif, 51, was targeted in an August 19 IDF strike on a home in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of the Gaza Strip. Deif’s wife and two children were killed in the bombing, but Deif survived, Israeli security sources confirmed several months later.

The Hamas sources said Shtiwi confessed to collaborating with Israel, and to other crimes including weapons sales to the rival Islamic Jihad terror group.

The Israeli news site NRG said he was tortured during the months of his captivity. It said he was executed by members of the Hamas military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

Hamas military wing commander Muhammad Deif
Hamas military wing commander Muhammad Deif

Members of Shtiwi’s family had demonstrated several times against the looming execution, including outside the home of Hamas’s former Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, to no avail.

The long-time commander of Hamas’s military wing, Deif is thought to have survived five Israeli assassination attempts. In September 2002 he emerged, wounded, from the charred remains of a vehicle that was hit by an IAF missile. In 2006, he was wounded again, reportedly losing his limbs in an IAF strike.

As head of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Deif is responsible for planning and executing a long string of terror attacks that have killed dozens or even hundreds of Israelis.

Hamas executed dozens of alleged collaborators during and after last summer’s 50-day conflict. Human Rights Watch and other watchdogs have condemned the summary execution of collaborators in Gaza.

Hamas, which is committed to the destruction of Israel, seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 in a violent coup against Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction.

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