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Amnesty urges Hamas to stop Gaza executions

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Amnesty International has attacked Hamas’ plans to carry out executions in Gaza following the Muslim festival of Eid.

The charity said the threat facing prisoners sentenced to death was “deeply disturbing”.

Hamas’ Attorney General in Gaza announced plans last week to execute a number of what he said were “convicted criminals” as a “lesson” to other Palestinians.

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Hamas not at the table, but it could ruin the party

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 31, 2013

A few hours after the first meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Washington on Tuesday morning, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip and landed in a field in southern Israel.

Although the explosion caused no casualties or damage, it signals a greater danger on the horizon.

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Envoy’s Hamas warning

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2013

Britain’s ambassador to Israel believes trade restrictions imposed on Gaza have “enriched” Hamas and weakened Israel’s security.

Matthew Gould said he was in “no doubt about Hamas’ lack of readiness to be a partner for peace”, but added that Israeli sanctions on trade to the Palestinian territory were “hurting moderate businessmen” and “ordinary Gazan workers”.

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Britain denies Hamas claims about ‘secret talks’

By Bernard Josephs, July 19, 2013

Claims from Gaza that EU governments, including Britain, are keen to build backchannel ties with Hamas have been strongly denied in London and treated with scepticism in Israel.

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Hamas casualty of Egypt turmoil

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2013

Hope for political stability in Egypt any time soon faded on Monday morning as news of the mass-killing of Muslim Brotherhood supporters outside the Republican Guard headquarters in eastern Cairo began filtering through.

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Hamas facing crisis after Egypt coup

By Josh Jackman, July 8, 2013

A leading Middle East expert has said that “Hamas is in dire straits” after the Egyptian military removed Muslim Brotherhood Prime Minister Mohammed Morsi from power.

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Hamas, fatah flirt with unity deal

May 23, 2013

Fatah and Hamas agreed to form a unity government within three months at talks in Cairo last week.

Similar agreements have been reached on several occasions over the past few years, but none have been implemented.

A Fatah official said both sides had agreed on a timetable that begins with creating laws to govern elections.

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Hamas not sourcing missiles

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 10, 2013

Israeli intelligence has found no evidence that Hamas is rebuilding the missile-firing capabilities damaged during Operation Pillar of Defence five months ago.

Hamas is instead focusing on its attempts to solidify political control of the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian movement.

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Hamas programme trains children to shoot and blow up Israelis

By Nathan Jeffay, May 2, 2013

Hamas is running a military training programme for teenagers as young as 15, it emerged this week.

Some 5,000 boys are getting familiar with Kalashnikov rifles and other weapons during weekly school lessons, and many of them attend camps where they learn to handle guns and explosives. They are aged 15 to 17.

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Hamas’s ‘moderate’ face in council elections

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 4, 2013

The Hamas Shura council re-elected Khaled Mashaal in Cairo on Monday for a fourth term as head of the Islamic movement’s political bureau.

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