Israeli forces kill top Hamas official

Abu Mazen is trying to arrange a Hamas ceasefire

International mediators are meeting in Jordan to try to save the Middle East peace plan, known as the roadmap. Their talks are taking place just hours after Israeli forces killed a senior leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas in the West Bank. Abdullah Qawasmeh was shot dead by an elite army unit in Hebron on Saturday night in disputed circumstances. Israel held him responsible for three suicide bombings this spring – one in Haifa in March and two in Jerusalem in May and June – in which about 50 people died. The killing comes as the Palestinian Authority and Hamas finished discussions on a ceasefire. Full Story

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