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Once seemingly impregnable, Hamas shows signs of vulnerability
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Janine Zacharia - January 27, 2010 - 1:00am

Struggling to maintain its strength in the West Bank amid a crackdown by Israel and Palestinian police and suffering after the assassination of one of its top leaders, Hamas has sustained another blow with news that the son of one its founders had been spying on it for Israel.

Israeli Police Clash With Stone Throwers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Ethan Bronner - February 1, 2010 - 1:00am

Israeli police officers in Jerusalem entered the plaza containing Al Aksa Mosque on Sunday after Palestinian youths barricaded inside threw stones at visitors they believed to be radical Jewish settlers. Dozens of young Palestinians had spent the night in the compound, holy to Muslims and Jews, because of rumors that militant Jews planned to take it over during the Purim holiday, which began Sunday. The resulting clashes ended with more than a dozen youths injured, seven men detained and four police officers slightly injured. The site was calm but tense by late afternoon.

Slain Hamas Operative Was Drugged, Dubai Police Say
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Robert Worth - February 28, 2010 - 1:00am

A Hamas official who was killed in his hotel room here in January was first injected with a fast-acting muscle relaxant and then suffocated, Dubai police officials said Sunday. The disclosure was the latest in a near-daily drip of information about the killing, which has riveted people across the Middle East and provided a rare level of detail about a political assassination widely believed to have been carried out by Israel’s intelligence service, the Mossad.

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