Israeli army phones Gaza citizens in bid to tar Hamas

An Israeli soldier is seen on the border between Israel and the Gaza strip on November 15, 2012 (photo\AFP)

An Israeli soldier is seen on the border between Israel and the Gaza strip on November 15, 2012 (photo\AFP)


Al Ray Agencies | Oct 19, 2013

Gaza, ALRAY – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip said they received phone calls on Friday from the Israeli army accusing Hamas movement of failing to provide for civilians.

“To the residents of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army warns you against obeying the orders of the (terrorist) Hamas or having any contact with it,” the recipient of one such pre-recorded message quoted it to AFP as saying.

“Know that Hamas is spending millions of dollars on tunnels used for hostile and (terrorist) acts against the state of Israel,” it said. “This money should have gone to infrastructure, education and health projects.”

Gaza Interior Ministry said that dozens of Gazans received the calls.

The Israeli military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Israeli officials on Sunday said troops had uncovered a tunnel running from Gaza 450 metres (yards) into Israel and allegedly intended as a springboard for attacks.

Friday’s phone blitz came on the anniversary of the October 18, 2011 release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for 1,027 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.

Shalit was snatched in June 2006 by resistance movements including Hamas and who snuck into (Israel) through a tunnel and took their prisoner back to Gaza the same way.

Hamas feted the lopsided prisoner swap as a major victory.

AFP contributed to this report.




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