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Hamas court gives Gazan death sentence for aiding Israel

Hamas court gives Gazan death sentence for aiding Israel RAMALLAH, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- A Hamas military court on Thursday sentenced a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip to death for collaborating with Israel, a statement said. The statement from the military judiciary did not give further information about the charges against the defendant or his identity. Thursday's ruling put the number of death penalties issued by Hamas' courts against Gazans accused of aiding Israel was up to seven since the beginning of 2013.

Most Palestinians see fresh peace talks as error

Most Palestinians believe the renewal of peace talks with Israel was a mistake and over two thirds think the negotiations will fail, according to a poll released Wednesday. Just over half the respondents -- 50.5 percent -- said the decision by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to resume US-brokered peace talks with Israel in late July was a mistake, while 33.8 percent said it was the right decision, according to the Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre (JMCC) survey.

Gaza zoo's newborn lion cubs die

Two lion cubs born in Gaza this week and named in honour of Hamas' last major clash with Israel died on Thursday, a zoo official said. "The lions named Fajr and Sijil (Dawn and Clay in Arabic) died today due to a deterioration of their health at birth," Shadi Hamad, supervisor of animals at Bissan park, told AFP. "The cause of death is a lack of experience and resources for the birth and treatment of cubs. Food and medicines for such a situation are not available" because of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, said Hamad.

Gaza jihadists take their fight to Syria

When Mohammed al-Zaanin blew himself up in a suicide attack in Syria, the 23-year-old Palestinian joined the ranks of a growing band of Gazans who have died fighting the Damascus regime. Zaanin was a member of a Salafist Islamist group in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, and his flight to war-torn Syria represents the mix of frustration and zeal that have seen more than two dozen young men leave in search of jihad, local militants say.

Israel troops kill militant 'behind Tel Aviv bus bomb'

Israeli troops on Tuesday killed an Islamic Jihad militant said to be behind the 2012 bombing of a Tel Aviv bus, officials said, as the Palestinian movement confirmed his death. The militant was killed as troops stormed an area between the West Bank villages of Bilin and Kufr Ne'meh, 10 kilometres (six miles) northwest of Ramallah, sparking a gunfight which ended at a cave, Palestinian witnesses and medics said.

West Bank attacks do not signal new intifada

An uptick in violence in the West Bank is cause for concern but not part of an orchestrated Palestinian campaign, Israeli media said on Friday. A series of incidents, the latest of which saw Israeli soldiers shoot dead a Palestinian who forced his way into an army base on Thursday, have killed and injured several Israelis. Haaretz daily's defence analyst Amos Harel said of the violence: "Even though some of these attacks had a criminal context alongside a political motive, this is an accumulation that cannot be ignored."

Hamas executes prisoner for murder: interior ministry

The Gaza Strip's Islamist rulers Hamas on Wednesday hanged a prisoner who had been convicted of murder, its interior ministry said. "At 4:30 pm (1430 GMT) on October 2, the death penalty was carried out against Hani Mohammed Abu Aliyan from Khan Yunis for his crime of killing Hazem Hassan Barham," the ministry said in a statement. "The Khan Yunis court (in the north of Gaza) sentenced the aforementioned for the crimes he committed (which included the murder and illegal possession of a knife) to death by hanging".

Hamas executes prisoner for murder: interior ministry

The Gaza Strip's Islamist rulers Hamas on Wednesday hanged a prisoner who had been convicted of murder, its interior ministry said, despite international calls for a halt to executions. Hamas last carried out the death penalty for a criminal offence in July 2012, normally reserving the sentence for "collaborators". "At 4:30 pm (1430 GMT) on October 2, the death penalty was carried out against Hani Mohammed Abu Aliyan from Khan Yunis for his crime of killing Hazem Hassan Barham," the ministry said in a statement.

Palestinian seeks husband's body, held by Syria rebels

Arriving at the rubble of the Palestinian Yarmuk refugee camp in Damascus, Hadia al-Fut discovered that her husband had been killed while fighting in the ranks of a pro-regime Palestinian group. Worse still, she found there was little chance she would be able to recover his remains because the rebels who killed him in an ambush a day earlier were holding out for an exchange for bodies. Hadia, a Palestinian, had fled Yarmuk because of ongoing fighting there, but was back at the camp to meet her husband.

Hamas is training Egyptian Islamists: Egypt state TV

CAIRO (Reuters) - The Hamas Islamist group ruling Gaza has been teaching Egyptian Islamists how to plant bombs in cars, Egyptian state television said on Thursday. Hamas also gave 400 landmines to Egyptian militant groups, said the television. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi was overthrown as Egyptian president by the military in July following mass protests. (Writing by Michael Georgy; editing by Andrew Roche)
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