Palestinian shot dead by Israeli soldiers: ministry

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10 June, 2017

Top Hamas commander Saleh al-Arouri is believed to be in Malaysia, after being expelled from Qatar, amid the kingdom's fallout with Saudi Arabia and four other Arab states, according to reports from Israel.

Gunness said the agency had "robustly intervened and protested to Hamas in Gaza". If it does, the result could be disastrous for Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Hamas has reacted in disbelief after the Saudi's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir termed it as being part of the extremist and terrorist groups supported by Qatar.

In 2011, Gaza-based Palestinian resistance group Hamas carried out an Egypt-brokered prisoner-swap deal with Israel, which saw Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit released by Hamas in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. Senior-level Palestinian officials stated during a meeting with Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj.

Gunness said that the Palestinian refugee agency "has robustly intervened and protested to Hamas in Gaza".

As well as financial support, Qatar has long hosted exiled Hamas officials, including its former political chief, Khaled Meshaal.

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Qatar doesn't support Hamas directly, but its large-scale projects have significantly eased the burden on Hamas authorities and given it some credit for bringing this money to Gaza.

"The U.S. has a stake in Arab unity ... and there will be political and commercial forces trying to get back a normal relationship with Qatar", he said. "They did it due to their own concerns about radical Islamic terror", Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli defence minister, said at the Israeli parliament on June 6.

Gaza already suffers from an Israeli-Egyptian blockade - imposed to prevent the group from importing weaponry - economic misery and chronic electricity shortages.

One such fear for Tel Aviv is that the Gaza crisis could escalate, causing major splits and disputes within the Hamas movement, which could lead to an armed confrontation between the movement and Israel. Among those is Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas's "parent" organization. But its small size and reliance on food imports from Saudi Arabia could make it susceptible to the pressure.

Clashes broke out on Friday as well in several West Bank locations against settlements and the construction of the segregation wall.


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