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UK freezes Hamas leaders' assets

UK Chancellor Gordon Brown has ordered British banks to freeze the assets of Hamas’ new leaders, including Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi. Khalid Meshaal, the man named as the overall leader of the Palestinian militant group, was also targeted. Mr Rantissi, took over as head of Hamas in Gaza after the death of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in an Israeli missile attack. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, meanwhile, urged an end to the killing of Israeli and Palestinian civilians. After a meeting with European Socialist politicians on Wednesday, Mr Arafat made a renewed call for international monitors to be allowed in to supervise and help defuse the tense situation between Israel and the Palestinians. There have been fears that a new wave of violence may erupt amid threats from armed Palestinian groups to retaliate for the death of Hamas founder Yassin on Monday. And following a wave of international condemnation of the killing, the UN Commission on Human Rights passed a resolution strongly condemning “liquidations” and “extra-judicial killings”, including the assassination of Yassin. Full Story

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