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Hamas forces find Israeli spying device in northern Gaza Strip

Members of the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, have found and dismantled an Israeli spying device in the northern part of the besieged Gaza Strip.

An unnamed source told Arabic-language Safa news agency on Saturday that a digital camera had been incorporated into the device, itself hidden inside a fake rock.

The source added that Hamas fighters found the spying device in the farming land of Abu Samra region, which lies north of Beit Lahia city, the previous night.

Israel uses different spying tactics to gather intelligence in the blockaded coastal enclave. The regime has assassinated several Hamas figures, including the group’s leaders, officials and activists.

In August 2015, Hamas captured a dolphin equipped with spying devices, including cameras, off the shore of the Gaza Strip.

The mammal was reportedly being used to track Hamas naval commandos’ movements and training in the water.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.

Under the Israeli blockade, about 1.8 million people in Gaza are deprived of their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs with proper wages as well as adequate health care and education.

The Tel Aviv regime has also launched several wars on the Palestinian sliver, the last of which in early July 2014. The Israeli military aggression, which ended on August 26 the same year, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians. Over 11,100 others were also wounded in the war.

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