Palestinian look at Hamas masked gunmen parade with Qassam rockets through the streets of town of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, May 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Yousef Masoud)
UPDATED 8:47 AM PT – Friday, June 4, 2021
Israeli intelligence has detained a top Hamas commander amid lingering security threats. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed they arrested Sheikh Jamal-Al Tawil on Wednesday after receiving information on his whereabouts from the Israeli Security Agency.
Al-Tawil is responsible for Hamas operations in the Judea and Samaria region. This comes amid ongoing threats by Iranian terror proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah, despite a recent ceasefire.
Shortly before his arrest, Al Tawil was openly calling to annex the Jewish State and expel or destroy its residents.
“Our brothers the murabitun, who pray in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and its courtyards, you and all the alleys in Jerusalem now have a shield and a sword,” he stated. “The shield protects the nation of Islam, our honor and that of our women, and it protects our steadfastness, and you now have a sword that kills anyone who deludes himself and thinks that he can attack our free women and our holy places.”
According to the IDF, Al-Tawil recently organized riots, incited violence and reestablished Hamas headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.