Hamas denies it said it’s leading Gazans to death

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas’s chief spokesman in Gaza, apparently has an unfortunate Freudian slip, accidentally declaring that Hamas is leading Palestinians to their deaths.

“We aren’t leading our people today to destruction. We are leading our people to death… I mean to confrontation with this occupier,” he says on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV.

As Hamas faces a growing chorus of criticism, including from PA President Mahmoud Abbas, that it has dragged Gaza into violent confrontation for no discernible reason, Abu Zuhri’s efforts to deflect the criticism seem to be going rather poorly.

Now Hamas says the video was fabricated (link in Arabic), and the Hamas spokesman’s voice was actually a voiceover.

Sami Abu Zuhri is the same spokesman who urged Gazans to serve as human shields against Israeli airstrikes.

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