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Israel frees senior Hamas cleric and lawmaker

Israel has freed a senior Hamas figure from jail days before he is due to be sworn in as a member of the new Palestinian parliament. Ahmed el-Haj Ali, 66, a leading Hamas cleric from the West Bank town of Nablus, said he was released on Wednesday after five months in jail under a so-called administrative detention order. The army made no comment on the release of Ali. Israel has ruled out contacts with Hamas unless it renounces violence and drops its charter call for the Jewish state’s destruction. Full Story

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