A possibly disastrous crisis was averted by the Philippines police force, which thwarted a plan by the Hamas terror group to establish a foothold in the country and attack Israelis there.

According to a news report on Tuesday, the Philippines National Police said that the force was tipped off about the alleged plot by a local contacted by a Hamas operative. 

Intelligence Group chief Brig. Gen. Neil Alinsangan said in a statement, “Our Filipino source identified the Hamas operative as ‘Bashir,’ who was reportedly attempting to establish a foothold in the Philippines with pledges of financial support to some local threat groups, including militant extremists with links to the international terrorist organizations.”

As it stands, Bashir’s real name is Fares Al Shikli, the head of Hamas’ Foreign Liaison Section, who has also an Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) red notice and is charged with an Offense of Terrorism Logistics Support.

PNP director for intelligence Major General Michael Dubria said “Accordingly, it was in 2016 that Fares Al Shikli started grooming him [the Filipono] as a local contact in the Philippines and introduced to him theoretical bomb-making training in one of their meetings in Malaysia. Late 2017, Fares Al Shikli expressed his intention with the source to recruit Filipinos with links to local threat groups that will be utilized to kill Jews present in the country, conduct rallies at selected embassies and spread video propaganda in exchange for financial support.”

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