Monday, February 11, 2008

Ismail Haniyeh goes into hiding

From Ynet News, 11/2/08, by Roee Nahmias:

...Hamas PM has gone into hiding fearing assassination by Israel. Palestinian sources report other Hamas, Jihad leaders follow suit...

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Hanieyh has gone into hiding for fear Israel might try to assassinate him over the ongoing Qassam fire emanating from the Gaza Strip, the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper reported Monday.

According to the report, only a handful of bodyguards have knowledge of Haniyeh's whereabouts and movements. Palestinian sources told Ynet that Hanieyh is known for frequently changing locations and accommodations even in times of calm.

The sources further revealed that other prominent Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives have begun taking extra precautions, for fear Israel will try to target them.

Media sources in Gaza reported that Israel may try to target Hamas' Mahmoud al-Zahar and Said Siam in the near future, since both are considered to be directly responsible for the ongoing Qassam fire on Israel's south.

Ali Waked contributed to this report

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