Report: Senior Hamas Member Defects to Israel

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Hamas terrorists at an anti-Israel rally in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah in February. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
Hamas terrorists at an anti-Israel rally in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah in February. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

A senior member of the Hamas military wing has fled to Israel, according to reports on Fatah websites.

Bassam Mahmoud Baraka, from Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, told his family that he was going on errands about two days ago and hasn’t been seen by them since.

Baraka reportedly gave himself up to IDF soldiers who were waiting for him at the Gaza border fence. According to the reports, he was carrying a laptop thought to contain valuable information about Hamas tunnel operations.

It was also reported that the Red Cross informed his family in Gaza that he was in Israeli custody.

Last month it was reported that a 17-year-old Hamas member, who was captured by Israel after infiltrating the country, gave investigators information about the group’s tunnel activities.