NEW YORK (VINnews) — An Arab journalist who is the regional director of the British Middle East Center for Studies and Research claims that he has information about an attempt by Hamas leaders in Gaza to flee to Yemen by airplane.Join our WhatsApp group
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Amjad Taha, a Bahraini journalist who covers the region, is also a central figure in Israel’s public diplomacy attempts targeting Arab audiences. Taha tweeted that:
“Sources have informed me that the leaders of #Hamas, labeled as terrorists, in Gaza have sought to flee to Yemen via airplane. However, their request has been denied at this stage. They’ve been warned that if they do not surrender before the onset of the battle in Rafah, these could be their final days on Earth. May God protect the people of #Gaza and #Israel.”
Israel has in the past warned that Hamas leaders may try to escape via Egypt to a foreign country, possibly taking hostages with them. This is one of the reasons Israel has demanded to take control of the Philadelphi corridor between Gaza and Egypt, in order to prevent weapons entering the strip and hostages and Hamas leaders escaping via tunnels believed to still exist at the Rafah border with Egypt.