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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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Israel hit by second round of Gaza rockets

By Anna Sheinman, April 3, 2013

More rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel this morning after Israel launched an air strike on Gaza on Tuesday in response to a Hamas mortar attack.

Sirens sounded in Sderot at 7.33am this morning and two rockets exploded. They hit open ground and no one was hurt, Ynet reported.

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Palestinian rocket may have killed family of BBC journalist, says UN report

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2013

A United Nations report yesterday announced that a misfired Palestinian rocket may have killed family members of a BBC journalist during the Israel-Gaza conflict last November.

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Israel accused of sabotaging Hamas-Fatah reconciliation

By Sandy Rashty, February 4, 2013

Israeli authorities have been accused of sabotaging rumoured Hamas-Fatah reconciliation attempts, after 20 members of Hamas were arrested in a West Bank raid earlier today.

The raid, which occurred early this morning, including the arrest of three Palestinian parliamentarians.

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Women spread swine flu, Hamas columnist claims

By Sandy Rashty, February 4, 2013

A Hamas columnist has attributed the outbreak of swine flu to the freedom of women.

In a piece transcribed by Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri) on Friday, Issam Shawer, who writes for Felesteen, claimed that the outbreak of swine flu in the West Bank and Gaza was caused by “women [who] emerge from every corner… and then congregate in one place.

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UN Palestine expert Falk: Hamas like French resistance

By Jennifer Lipman, January 28, 2013

The United Nation's Palestine expert has compared Hamas terrorists to fighters with the French resistance during the Holocaust.

Richard Falk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, made the comments in a piece posted on the Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine website.

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Hamas in ascendant as Malaysian PM visits Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 24, 2013

Two months after the end of Operation Pillar of Defence, Hamas is gradually breaking the diplomatic isolation of the Gaza Strip.

On Tuesday, while most of the attention in the region was focused on Israel’s elections, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak crossed the border from Egypt for a short visit with Hamas leaders in Gaza.

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Hamas and Fatah head to Cairo for attempt at unity

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 10, 2013

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met the head of Hamas’s political bureau, Khaled Mashaal, in Cairo on Wednesday in yet another attempt to push through a Fatah-Hamas unity agreement.

The first unity deal between the rival Palestinian factions was signed nearly two years ago but so far no concrete steps have been taken towards genuine joint-leadership.

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