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    Hamas Instructs Militants to Conduct Suicide Bombings Against Israel

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    Palestinian religious and political organization Hamas has instructed its members to carry out terrorist attacks against Israelis on the disputed territories of the West Bank and Jerusalem, Israeli media reported Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Recently, several Hamas militants, possessing money and explosives, had been reportedly arrested near Jerusalem, according to the Israeli media, citing a security source.

    The Hamas attacks will be performed by specially trained suicide bombers, Ynet reported, adding that detailed instructions on the attacks had been provided to militants in the areas of Hebron and Nablus, which are not far from Jerusalem.

    Gaza-ruling Hamas, classified as a terrorist organization by a number of countries, including Israel, the United States, Egypt and EU member states, demands an Israeli withdrawal from the territories it occupied during the 1967 Six-Day War, and which the Palestinians see as their historic lands.

    The core of the long-lasting Palestinian-Israeli conflict is essentially a struggle over land. Palestinians are seeking recognition of their independent state proclaimed in 1988 on the territories of West Bank, which Israel calls Judea and Samaria Area, as well as East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

    The Israeli government refuses to recognize Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic entity.

    The conflict escalated last year when Israel launched a military operation against Hamas forces in Gaza, killing thousands of civilians. In August, Israel and Palestinian armed groups agreed to a ceasefire, but civilian clashes between the two communities continued to arise from time to time.

    The latest wave of clashes, including knife stabbings, which began last month between Palestinians and Israeli nationals, has claimed dozens of lives.

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