Mousa Abu Marzook, chairman of Hamas’ Political Bureau, has acknowledged that a number of Israeli intelligence informants were recently arrested in the Gaza Strip.
The senior Hamas official revealed the information during an interview with the Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV on July 15.
Abu Marzook said that one of the informants had managed to escape to Israel, where he received what he called a “warm welcome.”
Recent reports allege that the informant who escaped to Israel was none other than Hamas’ Naval Forces commander, Mohammed Omar Abu Ajwa. However, Abu Marzook denied that any of the informants were members of Hamas or its military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
“Some of them were arrested, and they are under investigation, but the [claims] that they are leaders, and they have, as the enemy mentioned, a map of the divers’ unit and the maritime force of Hamas, etc, all of this is not true,” Abu Marzook said in the interview.
While Abu Marzook denied that any of the informants were members of Hamas, he didn’t name Abu Ajwa. The naval forces commander is yet to be seen in Gaza. This again suggest that he was indeed the spy who fled to Israel.
Israel’s intelligence activities in the Gaza Strip are nothing new. However, the recruitment of a senior commander like Abu Ajwa, if confirmed, would be a major blow to the Palestinian group that is well-known for its secrecy.