Ha­mas probe: Is­rael tried to wire­tap group in Gaza Strip

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza’s rul­ing Ha­mas said Satur­day that Is­raeli un­der­cover forces had at­tempted to in­stall equip­ment to mon­i­tor the Is­lamic mil­i­tant group’s land­line com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work dur­ing a botched mis­sion in Novem­ber.

The find­ings of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion were an­nounced by the Ha­mas mil­i­tary wing, Qas­sam Brigades, in a pre­re­corded TV state­ment.

Ha­mas pre­sented surveil­lance footage and pho­tos to back up its claims.

Ha­mas thwarted an at­tempt to “plant spy­ing de­vices in the Gaza Strip,” a Qas­sam spokesman said in the state­ment.

Is­rael’s mil­i­tary has not re­leased de­tails about the op­er­a­tion, which went awry Nov. 11, lead­ing to the heav­i­est round of cross­bor­der fire, in­clud­ing Ha­mas rock­ets and Is­raeli airstrikes, since a 2014 war be­tween the two sides.

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