Members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, tackle a press convention in Gaza Metropolis on 22 November 2012. (Twitter)
Hamas, the Gaza-based mostly Palestinian militant group has killed one among its personal members amidst claims he offered Israel with details about the hideout of Mohammed Deif, the chief of the group’s army wing, throughout 2014’s Operation Protecting Edge.
Hamas introduced the execution of Mahmoud Eshtewi and claimed it was punishment for offenses of conduct and ethics. They didn’t present particulars of the character of the offense, however it’s doubtless that Eshtewi was suspected of collaborating with Israel.
Eshtewi, initially from Zeitoun in japanese Gaza, was a battalion commander of the Hamas army wing. Eshtewi was detained by Hamas over a yr in the past as a part of the investigation into the tried focused killing of Deif. Throughout his detention, Eshtewi started a starvation strike and his household protested in entrance of the home of Ismail Haniyeh, deputy political chief of the group.
This execution is the primary occasion of Hamas publicly saying a continuing towards certainly one of its personal members.
In the course of the Operation Protecting Edge assault on Gaza, Israel launched a number of missiles at a house in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood the place Deif was believed to be holing up. The assault killed Deif’s spouse and son and broke the ceasefire in place on the time. Though Israeli officers admitted to concentrating on Deif in a civilian residence, they didn’t present particulars of his nicely being following the assault. Up to now, it stays unclear if Deif survived however Hamas maintains Deif is alive and nicely.
Hamas stated on Twitter that Eshtewi was killed after he confessed. They added that the choice to execute Eshtewi, detained in January 2015, was finalized by its “army and non secular judiciary,” a division beforehand extraordinary.
4 tried assassinations left Deif handicapped. In 2001, Israel tried to assassinate Deif for the primary time, however he escaped and survived. The second try got here a yr later when an IDF Apache helicopter launched two missiles at Deif’s automotive. One missile struck a car and Deif sustained wounds to the top and somewhere else. Deif survived and needed to bear rehabilitation remedy underground.
In 2003, shortly after Deif turned lively once more, a personal assembly of the Hamas management was held on the house of Marwan Abu Ras in Gaza Metropolis. Deif attended the assembly together with Ismail Haniyeh and Ahmed Yassin, amongst others. Based mostly on intel obtained by Israel, a fighter jet dropped air strikes on the home nevertheless all of the senior leaders, together with Deif, survived.
The final tried assassination of Deif occurred in 2006. On July 12, the Hamas army management met in a home in Gaza. Israeli forces bombed the constructing killing ten individuals. Nevertheless the Hamas leaders survived. Deif was injured once more and underwent the amputation of a few of his limbs.
Amnesty Worldwide has referred to as for an investigation into allegations of torture previous to the execution of Eshtewi.