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ARABS-ISRAEL - July 30 - Senior Hamas Leader Arrested.

Police say Palestinian authorities arrested a senior leader of the militant Islamic Hamas movement, Abdel Aziz Al Rantissi. They say Rantissi, a critic of the ME peace process, had been arrested early in the morning at his home in Khan Younis in Gaza. Hamas leaders condemn the arrest, which follows the failed Camp David summit between Palestinian Pres. Arafat and Israeli PM Barak. (Israel has demanded that Arafat maintain control over Hamas, which Israel holds responsible for a series of bombing attacks.) Hamas vows the arrest would reinforce their commitment to jihad, or Islamic holy struggle, and the armed fight for Palestinian autonomy. The group says: "The arrests came at a time [when] the US had been revealing its ugly face and uniting with the Israeli enemy". Hamas demands the release of Rantissi, who had been arrested previously for speaking out against the peace process. In a demonstration in Gaza during last week, Rantissi called on Arafat to abandon the peace process and renew the armed struggle for a Palestinian state.
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Publication:APS Diplomat Recorder
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Geographic Code:7PALE
Date:Aug 5, 2000
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