Hamas denies arresting top commander suspected of collaborating with Israel

The Hamas Interior Ministry denies a report based on “Palestinian sources” that claimed that a senior commander in its armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, had been arrested after suspicions arose that he was working for Israel.

“We reject the fabricated rumors published by al-Arabiya, which attributed claims to the Interior Ministry regarding the arrest of several Hamas members on charges of collaborating with Israel. We emphatically state that al-Arabiya practices deception and works to spread rumors and lies,” the Gaza-based terror group says in a statement.

The report, which was circulated in a number of Arabic- and Hebrew-language publications, was originally published in Amad, a media organization close to exiled Fatah commander Mohammad Dahlan. Dahlan, currently based in the United Arab Emirates, was expelled from Gaza in 2007 after losing a violent conflict with Hamas for control of the area.

— Aaron Boxerman