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Hamas Vows Revenge on Israel for Murder

Sunday, 31 January 2010 10:59 PM

JERUSALEM - Senior Hamas officials said on Sunday the organization was seriously considering a change in strategy that would allow it to attack Israeli targets outside Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The Al Aqsa channel quoted a number of officials yesterday, including Osama Hamdan, who is in charge of Hamas' external relations, and Al Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obeida, who spoke of the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last week.

Abu Obeida said that the assassination was meant to be a message from Israel that its arm is long enough to strike at the very heart of Arab states.

"Israel's message necessitates an appropriate response from all Arab states, which need to act to cut off that arm. It could inflict injury on national Arab and Islamic security, not just on Hamas," Abu Obeida said, adding that the organization would avenge Mabhouh's death.

Reports in the Arab media said yesterday that Dubai operates an extraordinary array of surveillance systems, with CCTV cameras filming airports, hotels and highways.

The media said local police may therefore have footage of the individuals responsible for Mabhouh's killing as they entered or left the hotel.

Dubai police chief Dahi Halfan told AFP yesterday that Mabhouh entered the country with a passport that did not use his last name, and that Hamas did not inform local authorities of his visit, which was highly unusual. "It's strange that such a high-ranking person was traveling alone, without companions or bodyguards," Halfan added.

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