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Fleers from Gaza taken to W. Bank

August 05, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Israel drove 88 Palestinians allied with President Mahmoud Abbas to the West Bank, two days after they fled clashes with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Israel said 181 members of the Hillis clan, one of the most powerful Gaza families associated with Abbas' secular Fatah group, sought refuge Saturday in Israel after a fierce assault by Hamas that killed 11 people and wounded more than 90.

Hamas said it carried out the raid to detain men it accused of carrying out a July 25 bombing that killed five Hamas members and a girl.

Israel said it sent 60 Hillis family members back to Gaza, but ceased doing so when it learned Hamas was arresting them.

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