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Hamas takes belated responsibility for militant attacks in Israel: web site - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – The Muslim militant group Hamas has claimed belated responsibility for a string of attacks in Israel carried out several years ago.

A Hamas web site lists nine attacks that killed 26 Israelis from 2002 until 2005. Other Palestinian groups claimed responsibility for some of those attacks at the time.

Hamas says it kept quiet about its role until now for security reasons. The web site says all the attackers came from the West Bank.

It’s not immediately clear whether Hamas really did commit all of those attacks. But the announcement suggests they want to emphasize the role of their West Bank militants.

From 2002 until 2005 was the height of Palestinian and Israeli fighting. Bus bombings, shootings and other attacks frequently took place.

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