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Israel Warns Syria on Deadly Bus Blasts

Israeli leaders warned Syria on Wednesday that it bears the blame for a double suicide bombing by Hamas militants because it harbors the group’s leadership, and they hinted at possible retaliation. In a first response to Tuesday’s attack that killed 16 people in a southern Israeli city, Israeli troops blew up the home of one of the bombers and isolated the West Bank city of Hebron, where the attackers lived. However, Israel was looking farther afield to assign the blame. “The fact that Hamas is operating from Syria will not grant it immunity,” Raanan Gissin, an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, told The Associated Press. The overall leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal, and his deputies are based in Syria. Earlier this year Israel assassinated Hamas’ founder and his successor in Gaza, throwing the militant Islamic group into temporary disarray. But major decisions are made by Mashaal, not by Hamas leaders in Gaza. Full Story

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