Radio «Kahn Beth» reported that the Egyptian security forces prevented the assassination of the head of the Hamas Politburo, Ismail Haniyeh, which was prepared by the cell of the «Islamic state» in the Sinai Peninsula.
According to Egyptian intelligence, the militants had intended to enter the Gaza strip from the Sinai Peninsula and during Friday prayers to blow up a mosque attended by Haniyeh.
On suspicion of plotting the assassination of Egyptian security forces arrested 18 suspects.
In late January, the U.S. Treasury Department included in the «blacklist» the head of the Hamas Politburo, Ismail Haniyeh, for his involvement in terrorism. The Ambassador-at-large and coordinator for the fight against terror, Nathan Sayles in an interview with Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post said that the United States knows that Ismail Haniyeh for many years, even decades, engaged in terrorist activities, which was aimed against Israel and Israeli citizens. According to him, attempts by Hamas to rehabilitate himself no one can mislead.
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