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Israel on alert as Hamas threatens revenge killings

Israel went on heightened alert yesterday after the militant Islamic movement Hamas vowed to kill cabinet ministers. The pledge follows the assassination on Saturday of Ibrahim Maqadmeh, a Hamas strategist who has been blamed by Israel for the deaths of at least 28 of its citizens. Security was tightened around the homes of Shaul Mofaz, the Defence Minister, Gideon Ezra, a retired deputy chief of the Shin Bet security service and minister without portfolio for the ruling Likud party, and Ehud Barak, a former Labour prime minister. They live in Kochav Yair, by the West Bank border, two miles north of the Palestinian town of Qalqilyah. Mr Mofaz said that the Hamas threat would not deter Israel from further strikes. “Hitting terrorist leaders is our consistent policy,” he told Yedioth Ahronoth, a daily newspaper. “Our goal is to fight aggressively against terrorism, with the emphasis on Hamas in the Gaza Strip.” Full Story

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