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Hamas: 150 members arrested in wake of shooting

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Hamas officials in the West Bank say 150 members of the Islamic militant group have been arrested in an overnight raid by Palestinian security forces following a shooting attack that killed four Israelis.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the Tuesday attack near the West Bank city of Hebron on the eve of a new round of Mideast peace talks.

Hamas lawmaker Omar Abdel-Raziq says the arrests are political and is accusing President Mahmoud Abbas of trying to please the Israelis.

Abbas is in a fierce rivalry with Hamas, which seized control of the Gaza Strip from his forces three years ago. A Palestinian security official confirmed there were arrests, but gave no further details. He spoke on condition of anonymity under official guidelines.


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