The military said Abu Snima held several major positions in Hamas and
planned attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers. Abu Snima was also said
to have directed Hamas rocket strikes toward Eilat in 2010, Middle East Newsline reported.
Hamas established an operational network in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in
2010, a military source said. The Hamas regime, in cooperation with
Palestinian militias, was said to have conducted two rocket strikes on
Israel over the last year.
Military sources said Abu Snima's operations were ordered by Hamas
military chief Ahmed Jabari, who has lost at least one senior associate in
the latest Israeli air strikes. They said Jabari and Abu Snima expanded
Hamas operations into Egypt without informing the regime's political
leaders, including Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.
"He [Jabari] is taking orders from Iran," the military source said.
Abu Snima, assigned to the southern district, was also said to have
participated in the Hamas abduction of Israel Army Cpl. Gilad Shalit in
2006. Shalit has been a Hamas captive ever since.
"Abu Snima was directly and physically involved in the kidnapping of
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit," the military said. "In addition, he held
several major roles in the military wing of Hamas and was involved in a
significant number of terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF