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Media reports on Hamas leader's son 'fabricated lies'

RIA Novosti


GAZA STRIP, February 24 (RIA Novosti) - Palestinian radical Islamic movement Hamas described as "fabricated lies" Israeli media allegations that the son of a Hamas founder had worked for the Israeli intelligence for years.

The Israeli Haaretz newspaper said on Wednesday Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a Hamas founder and one of its leaders in the West Bank, had served as the Israeli Shin Bet security service's "most reliable source" in the Hamas leadership for over a decade.

The 32-year-old, who famously converted to Christianity 10 years ago and now lives in California, reportedly helped Israeli intelligence expose of a number of terrorist cells, prevent dozens of suicide bombings and assassination attempts on Israeli officials.

"We came to the conclusion that Israeli media have become yet another tool against our people; that is why we will not comment on reports. What has been published, does not deserve a reply," Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas leader, said.

"This is fabricated lies, which Israeli media deploy to shake Palestinians' fortitude," he said.

According to Haaretz, Yousef, who was nicknamed "the Green Prince" - using the color of the Islamist group's flag and his origin, had been working for the Israeli intelligence since 1996. Information he supplied to the Israelis led to the arrests of a number of high-ranking Palestinian figures responsible for planning deadly suicide bombings.

Yousef was also responsible for thwarting Israel's plan to assassinate his father, the paper said.

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