Hamas holds family of killer of Italian activist

Hamas is forcibly holding the Gaza-based family of a Salafi man who escaped from jail in the Strip, Israel Radio is reporting, quoting the Palestinian daily Al-Quds.

Muhammad A-Salafiti was convicted of murdering Italian journalist and pro-Palestinian activist Vittorio Arrigoni in Gaza in April 2011. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labor in September 2012, but managed to escaped from prison and made his way to the Sinai this year.

Hamas believes A-Salafiti is traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State. His father, uncle and brother are being held by the group in connection with the escape.

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