'The leader of the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, says the Israeli regime was behind a “failed assassination attempt” on a senior Hamas official in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Ismail Haniyeh made the remarks as he visited Tawfiq Abu Na'im, director general of the internal security forces, at Dar al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on Friday.
“The Palestinian justice will punish those hands that carried out the attack and we believe that the Israeli occupying regime and its aides are responsible for this terrible crime,” the Hamas leader said.
Earlier in the day, Abu Na'im sustained moderate injuries after an explosion hit his vehicle. The blast reportedly occurred after he left Abu al-Hassan mosque, where he was performing Friday prayers.
A statement from Hamas' Interior Ministry said his car was blown up in the Nuseirat refugee camp. Several other people were also wounded in the bomb attack, it added.'
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