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UK leads push for EU crackdown on Hamas

Britain is leading demands for the EU to follow a US crackdown on the Palestinian group Hamas, which is responsible for suicide bombings that have destroyed the fragile Middle East road map to peace. Diplomats in Brussels said yesterday that Britain and the Netherlands were calling for strict curbs on European charities raising funds for the militant organisation. The military wing of Hamas and the like-minded Islamic Jihad are already banned across the EU. No decision is likely before a meeting of foreign ministers in Italy next month. But last week’s bombing of a bus in Jerusalem, which killed 20 civilians including six children, is forcing the issue. The US announced after the atrocity, which ended an eight-week Israeli-Palestinian truce, that it was freezing the assets of Hamas leaders and five charities supporting it. Full Story

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