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Hamas leaders go to ground, activists on guard after Israeli strikes

Hamas footsoldiers have been ordered to take extra precautions and its leaders have gone to ground with Israel, which has vowed no let-up in its campaign against the hardline Palestinian group. The Israeli army has carried out three air strikes against Hamas members since a massive suicide bomb in Jerusalem last week which left 21 people dead. Now all Hamas activists, from low-level fighters to political leaders, have been told to consider themselves potential targets in a new statement. And in another sign that the hardline movement is feeling the heat not only from Israel but Palestinian authorities, two of its normally voluble top cadres — Abdelaziz Rantissi and Ismail Haniya — have been out of contact for the last three days. Other officials from the smaller Islamic Jihad movement have also changed their mobile phone numbers. Full Story

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