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Hamas condemns Greenblatt’s threats against deputy chief Saleh Al-Arouri

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with US President's envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt (L) in Jerusalem on 21 June 2017 [Handout / Amos Ben Gershom / GPO]
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with US President's envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt (L) in Jerusalem on 21 June 2017 [Handout / Amos Ben Gershom / GPO]

Hamas yesterday slammed US special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt’s call for the capture of the group’s deputy chief Saleh Al-Arouri.

Greenblatt’s call “reflects the policy of terrorism practiced by the US administration in the region,” Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif Al-Qanua said in a statement.

He said the envoy’s call “proves that Washington is teaming up with the [Israeli] occupation in targeting the leaders of our people.”

On Monday, Greenblatt accused the Hamas deputy leader of committing “abhorrent crimes”.

“Deputy leader of the Hamas Political Bureau and known terrorist Salih al-Aruri is wanted for committing abhorrent crimes,” Greenblatt wrote on Twitter.

He added: “You can help make the world safer by providing information confidentially about him and his location.”

Last year, the US State Department officially offered cash rewards for any information leading to the capture of Al-Arouri, along with two leaders of Lebanese group Hezbollah, Khalil Yousef Harb and Hisham Ali Tabtbaie

In 2015, the US Treasury Department added Al-Arouri’s name to its list of “terrorists”.

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