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July 22, 2007 | From Reuters
Forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas released a top Hamas official Saturday after holding him for 19 days, sources with Hamas and the security forces said. Ahmed Doleh, assistant to the interior minister in the Hamas-led government that Abbas, of the rival Fatah movement, dismissed last month, had spent several days on a hunger strike since his arrest in Nablus.
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March 5, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
JERUSALEM -- In a military operation in the international waters of the Red Sea, Israeli commandos intercepted a ship carrying Syrian-made rockets shipped from Iran and headed for the Gaza Strip, Israel's military announced Wednesday. According to Israeli army spokesman Motti Almoz , naval commandos boarded the ship about 950 miles from Israel without incident early Wednesday morning. Initial inspection of the cargo revealed dozens of M-302 rockets, concealed in containers covered with commercial-looking sacks of cement, Israeli officials said.
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June 29, 2006 | Laura King and Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writers
Israel's military intensified its push for the release of an Israeli soldier today, detaining at least two dozen Palestinian lawmakers and Cabinet members with the ruling Hamas movement. Military officials also confirmed that four Israeli warplanes circled early Wednesday over a palace of Syrian President Bashar Assad near the coastal city of Latakia. Assad, who reportedly was at home, is seen as a key source of support for Hamas hard-liners believed to be behind the soldier's kidnapping.
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February 17, 2014 | By Kate Linthicum
GAZA CITY - Like many Palestinians, Marwan Hissi has closely followed reports of peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. An unemployed father of five living in a refugee community in the Gaza Strip, Hissi says he has a question for American negotiators leading the talks: "Where's Hamas?" The Islamic militant movement, which seized control of Gaza in 2007, has been excluded from the process as U.S. officials work out a preliminary agreement on key issues in the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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September 13, 2006 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
An Israeli military court Tuesday ordered the release of 18 Hamas politicians, including the speaker of the Palestinian parliament and three Cabinet members, who were arrested after the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier in June. The court said the prosecution appeared to have little chance of winning conviction on terrorism-related charges.
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May 24, 2007 | Maher Abukhater and Richard Boudreaux, Special to The Times
Responding to a week of rocket attacks, Israeli troops today arrested 33 senior members of Hamas, including the Palestinian Authority's education minister, three members of parliament and six mayors, in predawn raids on their West Bank homes, the army said. The arrests followed the army's deepest ground incursion in six months into the Gaza Strip, where Hamas and smaller militant groups have launched more than 200 crude Kassam rockets into southern Israel since May 16.
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July 21, 2007 | Louise Roug, Times Staff Writer
The older couple found a place in the crowd and peered through the fence at an Israeli checkpoint. They had been waiting for four years. Their son was among 255 prisoners released Friday by Israel in an effort to prop up embattled Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his emergency government here in Ramallah. The Palestinians chanted their support as Abbas addressed the former prisoners and their relatives from the steps of the presidential palace.
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September 27, 2004 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
Only weeks after Israel publicly threatened to take its war with the Islamic militant group Hamas onto Syrian soil, a Hamas official in Damascus was killed Sunday when a powerful explosion tore through his sport utility vehicle. Israeli officials disavowed knowledge of the blast that killed 42-year-old Izzedine Sheik Khalil, who had lived in the Syrian capital for the last 13 years and was reportedly a member of the group's military wing.
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February 25, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An Israeli missile strike in the northern Gaza Strip today killed at least one militant and wounded two others, Hamas and medical officials said. An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the strike and said the missiles had hit militants who operated in the area. Earlier, Hamas officials said two of its militants stationed near the border were killed in a separate airstrike. Two others were wounded. The Israeli army confirmed that strike as well.
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December 31, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An Israeli helicopter fired two missiles at a car carrying Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, wounding at least 11 people. Israel's military said the targets were "senior Hamas terrorists ... actively engaged in planning terror attacks." Hamas officials said one of the people in the car was Jamal Jara, a mid-level commander. It was not clear if he was among the wounded. A Hamas leader threatened retaliation. A crowd of hundreds of angry Palestinians gathered around the heavily damaged vehicle.
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July 25, 2013 | By Rushdi abu Alouf
GAZA CITY -- Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip shut down two Arab media offices Thursday, accusing them of spreading falsehoods about the Palestinian territory's increasingly rocky relationship with the new military-led Egyptian government. In a statement, Hamas said it had shuttered the Gaza bureaus of the Dubai-based pan-Arab news channel Al Arabiya and the Bethlehem-based Maan News Agency. Hamas officials said the closures were temporary "until the proper legal measures are taken.
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March 11, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- A new U.N. report suggests that the Nov. 14 killing of an 11-month-old Gaza baby and two adult relatives during the eight-day clash between Israel and the militant group Hamas was likely caused by an errant Palestinian rocket and not an Israeli airstrike as widely reported. Photos of distraught father Jehad Misharawi holding the body of his son, Omar, became one of the symbols of the conflict's toll on civilians. A March  6 report from the U.N. Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights said the three were killed “by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel.” It offered no details about how it reached the conclusion.
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February 15, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Bulgarian officials ejected Hamas lawmakers from the country on Friday, saying they had reason to believe that the group of Palestinians threatened their nation's security. The Bulgarian State Agency for National Security said four Palestinians had entered the country Wednesday on a private invitation. While they were in Bulgaria, “information was received giving reason to believe that their presence poses a serious threat to national security,” the agency said in a statement Friday.
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November 25, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
GAZA CITY - In the wake of its eight-day clash with Israel, Hamas will seek $1 billion in reconstruction aid from the Arab world and international community to help rebuild the Gaza Strip, the group's deputy foreign minister said Sunday. Hamas believes the brief conflict, which left 162 Palestinians and six Israelis dead, reshaped the power dynamic between Hamas and Israel, according to Ghazi Hamad, who is seen as one of the organization's moderate voices. Israel says it dealt a crushing blow to the Islamist militant group.
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November 20, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders
GAZA CITY -- As Hamas continued its attacks against Israel on Tuesday with two rockets targeted at Jerusalem, Israeli and Egyptian officials signaled that a cease-fire agreement may be close. Hamas officials claimed responsibility for the strikes, saying they used one of their new homemade M-75 rockets. As occurred last week, the rockets landed in the Gush Etzion area of the West Bank, south of Jerusalem. No damage or injuries were reported. Attacks by Palestinian militants against Jerusalem previously were rare because the city is home to many Arab residents and some of the world's most sacred religious and historical sites, including those of Islam.
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October 13, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Initial jubilation over the impending prisoner-swap deal between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas began to fade Wednesday as people on both sides expressed concern that their leaders may have given away too much at the negotiating table. While many Palestinians celebrated the expected release of 1,027 prisoners from Israeli jails, some were disappointed that the list did not include high-profile leaders such as Marwan Barghouti and Ahmed Saadat. The two men were convicted by Israeli courts of orchestrating terrorist attacks.
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March 11, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- A new U.N. report suggests that the Nov. 14 killing of an 11-month-old Gaza baby and two adult relatives during the eight-day clash between Israel and the militant group Hamas was likely caused by an errant Palestinian rocket and not an Israeli airstrike as widely reported. Photos of distraught father Jehad Misharawi holding the body of his son, Omar, became one of the symbols of the conflict's toll on civilians. A March  6 report from the U.N. Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights said the three were killed “by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel.” It offered no details about how it reached the conclusion.
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February 1, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders
A Hamas military commander slain in a Dubai hotel room played a key role in smuggling antiaircraft missiles and other weapons into the Gaza Strip, Israeli and Hamas officials said Sunday. But they disagreed on whether Mahmoud Mabhouh's death would be a blow to Palestinian armed groups in the territory or inspire them to redouble their arms campaign. "This guy was a middleman for smuggling weapons from Iran, not only to Gaza but to Hezbollah" in Lebanon, said an Israeli military official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issues involved.
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October 12, 2011 | Edmund Sanders
Images of the lanky soldier with dark eyes have haunted Israel for five years, but Gilad Shalit may finally be heading home. Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas announced an agreement Tuesday to free Shalit, who was seized in 2006 in a cross-border raid near the Gaza Strip, in exchange for the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. The Israeli soldier's capture pushed Israel to tighten a punishing blockade around the seaside enclave, where 1.5 million Palestinians continue to grapple with widespread poverty.
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March 20, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
The Islamist militant group Hamas said Saturday it had resumed mortar attacks against southern Israel for the first time in more than two years, as tensions escalated between Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. About 50 mortar shells were fired Saturday morning into Israel's Pitchat Shalom region, damaging a home and wounding two people, military officials said. Israel retaliated by firing tank shells at several targets in Gaza, wounding five people, including three Hamas militants, Palestinian officials said.
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