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Top Hamas figure was directing attacks from Gaza: Israeli security

Senior Hamas leader Ismail Abu Shanab had been planning attacks against Israel despite the group’s stated adherence to a truce, a senior Israeli security source said after his killing. The man often described as the number three in the hardline Palestinian group was “directing terror attacks emanating from Gaza”, the source told AFP on Thursday. “The killing of Abu Shanab has saved many, many Israeli civilians and casualties.” The source said that Hamas had begun sanctioning attacks against Israeli targets some days ago in a breach of a three-month truce announced on June 29. “Two weeks ago Hamas made a strategic decision to allow terror attacks while saying they still maintained the ceasefire,” the source said. “In the last ten days we have seen the same number of alerts” as before the truce. Full Story

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