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Rival Palestinian political factions Fatah and Hamas named President Mahmoud Abbas the head of an interim unity government during a televised signing ceremony Monday.

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Jordan's king visits Ramallah ahead of Palestinian talksupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 12:10:00

Jordan's King Abdullah made a rare visit to the West Bank Monday to hold talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as the Palestinian leader is expected to renew reconciliation talks with rival political faction Hamas later in the week.

Abbas looks to future releasesupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 05:47:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas admits they didn't get everyone released they'd hoped for.

Abbas lauds prisoner exchange, criticizes Israeli housing plansupdated: Fri Oct 14 2011 20:18:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, meeting Friday with his French counterpart, lauded an upcoming prisoner exchange and decried what he said were Israeli plans to expand housing in settlements.

Abbas returns to hero's welcomeupdated: Sun Sep 25 2011 13:36:00

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stood before a cheering crowd Sunday upon his return from the U.N. General Assembly, where he launched a controversial bid for Palestinian statehood.

Why the U.N. cannot create Palestineupdated: Sun Sep 25 2011 10:13:00

The U.N. speeches of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are behind us. There are doubts that Abbas will even be able to secure the necessary nine of 15 votes in the U.N. Security Council to support a resolution on statehood, regardless of the expected U.S. veto.

Many facets to Abbas' U.N. move, analysts sayupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 13:54:00

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' ambitious push to gain full U.N. membership may seem unrealistic, but analysts say he is making hard-nosed calculations rooted in domestic politics.

Abbas asks for Palestinian statehoodupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 13:43:00

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas requests official recognition of a Palestinian state at the U.N. General Assembly.

In statehood bid, Abbas seeks legacyupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 13:43:00

Declaring "there is no short-cut to peace," in his U.N. speech, President Barack Obama swiftly rejected the current Palestinian bid for statehood. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Obama deserved a "badge of honor" for his stance, while a high-ranking Hamas official commented that "turning to the United Nations would get Mr. Abbas nothing."

Palestinians, Israelis talk Palestinian statehood bidupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 09:44:00

In Bethlehem's Manger Square, on the streets of Tel Aviv, at the scenic Mount of Olives overlook, and in places all around the region, much of the conversation has revolved around one topic the last few weeks: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' intention to request formal recognition of statehood for Palestine at the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.

Diplomatic deals in play to avert Palestinian showdown at U.N.updated: Wed Sep 21 2011 05:43:00

As the international community works on a package of initiatives to avoid a diplomatic showdown over Palestinian statehood at the U.N. Security Council this week, the presidents of the United States and the Palestinian Authority will meet to discuss the issue, a senior U.S. official told CNN.

Israel calls for peace talks amid Palestinian statehood pushupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 06:01:00

The Israeli prime minister on Monday appealed for direct peace negotiations with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, to be started in New York and continued in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Abbas to seek full U.N. membership for Palestiniansupdated: Fri Sep 16 2011 17:58:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he will pursue a full United Nations membership bid during a speech Friday that was likely meant to both make the case for membership and manage domestic expectations.

Abbas vows push for Palestinian stateupdated: Fri Sep 16 2011 17:58:00

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas lays out his mission to get the U.N. to recognize Palestinian statehood.

Palestinian cabinet shuffleupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 19:37:00

Mahmoud Abbas accepts the resignation of his govt. ministers and tasks his prime minister with creating a new government.

Palestinian documents leakedupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 13:23:00

Leaked documents reportedly show Palestinians willing to make unprecedented concessions in negotiations with Israel.

Abbas muses petitioning U.N. for state recognitionupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 08:32:00

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday asserted his government's right to petition the United Nations Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state if Israel refuses to halt settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.

Arab League backs Palestinian leader on peace talksupdated: Sat Oct 09 2010 07:36:00

Arab nations meeting in Libya said they will support Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to refrain from direct peace talks unless Israel stops settlement construction.

Netanyahu says he's meeting with Abbas next monthupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 13:50:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris next month.

Construction restarts at West Bank settlement sitesupdated: Mon Sep 27 2010 18:00:00

New construction began at settlement sites in the West Bank Monday, just hours after the expiration of a 10-month Israeli government moratorium on building.

Pressing for compromise, Clinton adds late-day meeting with Abbasupdated: Sun Sep 26 2010 22:18:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has added a late-day meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as the United States seeks a way to avoid the collapse of Middle East peace talks over this weekend's end to an Israeli moratorium on settlement construction, the U.S. State Department announced.

Mideast talks on the clock ahead of settlement controversyupdated: Sat Sep 25 2010 20:56:00

The clock is ticking as the United States seeks a way to keep Middle East peace talks from falling apart over this weekend's end to an Israeli moratorium on settlement construction.

Abbas stresses importance of ending settlement constructionupdated: Sat Sep 25 2010 13:00:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, now embarked on a peace process with israel, urged the importance of halting Israeli settlement construction.

Israel's Netanyahu offers regular talks with Abbasupdated: Sun Sep 05 2010 13:45:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered to meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas one-on-one every two weeks to discuss "the agenda for a peace agreement," he said Sunday.

Abbas: We recognize challenges aheadupdated: Sat Sep 04 2010 23:27:00

President Mahmoud Abbas calls for Israelis to stop building settlements and allow for free movement.

Palestinian leader blasts Ahmadinejad over Mideast peace commentsupdated: Sat Sep 04 2010 23:27:00

The administration of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas lashed out at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday, a day after Ahmadinejad criticized Abbas for renewing direct peace talks with Israel.

Settlements remain obstacle in Mideast peace talksupdated: Sat Sep 04 2010 06:52:00

After two days of meetings and talks led by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Israeli and Palestinian leaders leave Washington deadlocked over the contentious issue of Israeli settlements.

George Mitchell: '2 States, 2 peoples'updated: Sat Sep 04 2010 06:52:00

Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell discusses ongoing peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Abbas: 'The road is clear'updated: Thu Sep 02 2010 15:32:00

New rounds of talks between Israelis and Palestinians begin with both sides laying out their views for enduring peace.

Egypt might host second round of Mideast peace talksupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 19:24:00

If this week's Mideast peace talks brokered by the Obama administration go well, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is offering to host a second round of talks later this month in his country, according to two officials close to the talks.

Clinton meeting with Abbas, Netanyahu ahead of new peace talksupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 12:19:00

Two days ahead of the first direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders since 2008, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with two key players in the discussion.

U.S. envoy to meet with Israeli prime minister on peace talksupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 01:55:00

Special U.S. Envoy George Mitchell is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday -- a day after he huddled with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

U.S. urges 'Mideast Quartet' to help jump-start peace talksupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 18:51:00

The United States is urging diplomacy by the Mideast Quartet to help push a speedy resumption of direct peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, a State Department spokesman said Tuesday.

Israel urges Abbas to restart peace talksupdated: Sun Aug 01 2010 20:59:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday to restart peace talks with Israel saying he hopes Abbas "will accede not only to my call, but to that of many in the international community."

U.S. Middle East envoy meets with Palestinian Authority presidentupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 11:34:00

Security and border-issues were the main topics on the agenda Thursday at a meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Middle East Envoy George Mitchell.

Abbas wary over planned talks with Israelupdated: Mon May 03 2010 13:01:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says he is ready for a new round of peace talks with Israel, but he harbors a jaded view of the exercise.

Abbas: State with temporary borders would be a 'trap'updated: Sun Apr 25 2010 15:52:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that he would not accept a Palestinian state with temporary borders and described an Israeli proposal for such an arrangement as a "trap."

Abbas chief of staff denies sex chargesupdated: Mon Feb 15 2010 15:04:00

The chief of staff for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is denying allegations that he used the power of his office to extract sex from a female job seeker.

Palestinian leader doesn't want new termupdated: Fri Nov 06 2009 05:04:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas does not plan to run for re-election in January, he said Thursday.

Abbas tables report slamming Israel, cites lack of supportupdated: Sun Oct 11 2009 18:13:00

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday defended a controversial decision to defer action on a United Nations report accusing Israel and Hamas of war crimes.

Abbas praises Obama, slams 'Israeli intransigence'updated: Fri Sep 25 2009 17:55:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday accused Israel of blocking steps toward peace, just a day after Israel's prime minister defended a military offensive in Gaza.

Abbas criticizes settlementsupdated: Fri Sep 25 2009 17:55:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas criticizes Israel's 'colonial occupation' of Palestinian land.

Commentary: Mideast peace talks going nowhereupdated: Fri Sep 25 2009 13:14:00

Poor Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas! He returned to Palestine empty-handed and politically weakened after the tripartite summit this week with President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Obama meets with Abbasupdated: Thu May 28 2009 21:14:00

President Obama says he and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas talked about peace in the Middle East.

Abbas: Europe needs to take bigger role in Middle Eastupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 09:22:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday the time has come for the international community to bear its "legal, political and moral responsibilities" in order to reach peace in the Middle East.

Mubarak, Abbas to discuss Hamasupdated: Mon Feb 02 2009 00:17:00

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak plans to meet Monday in Cairo with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss developments in talks with Hamas, according to Egypt's government-owned Al-Ahram newspaper.

Pressure builds for Gaza cease-fire dealupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 10:56:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Spain's prime minister on Thursday hailed a cease-fire proposal as the best way to end the fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.

Israel frees Palestinian prisoners as Rice visitsupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 06:13:00

Israel released nearly 200 prisoners into the West Bank Monday, a move it says is a goodwill gesture aimed at bolstering efforts to end decades of conflict in the region.

Abbas: Israeli settlements 'greatest obstacle' to peaceupdated: Sun Jun 15 2008 12:42:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that Israeli plans to build 1,300 homes in East Jerusalem pose the "greatest obstacle" to Mideast peace.

Abbas calls for new unity talks with Hamasupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 19:50:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday called for talks with rival Hamas aimed at forming a new government after a yearlong political and territorial split.

Abbas on the peace processupdated: Thu May 01 2008 08:35:00

CNN's Hala Gorani sits down for an exclusive interview with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Palestinian president Abbas has operationupdated: Thu May 01 2008 08:35:00

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is recovering Thursday after undergoing an angioplasty procedure Thursday at a Jordanian hospital, one of his aides told CNN.

'Abbas to meet with Bush in May'updated: Thu May 01 2008 08:33:00

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that he will have a bilateral meeting with President Bush in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in May.

Time.com: Abbas: No Progress After Bush Talkupdated: Fri Apr 25 2008 18:00:00

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday he failed to achieve any progress in Middle East peace talks with President Bush and he was returning home with little to show for his visit

Time.com: Abbas, Olmert Resume Negotiationsupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 10:00:00

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert resumed face-to-face peace negotiations Monday after nearly two months marred by heavy Gaza Strip violence

Israel, Palestinians agree to resume talks amid Gaza offensiveupdated: Wed Mar 05 2008 20:07:00

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday he will heed calls to renew peace talks with Israel -- an about-face from earlier in the day when he said Palestinians wouldn't return to the table before reaching a cease-fire.

Israel releases hundreds of Palestinian prisonersupdated: Mon Dec 03 2007 20:17:00

Israel early Monday began releasing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners who are aligned with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, as part of a goodwill gesture.

Expectations low for summitupdated: Wed Nov 28 2007 17:31:00

The Israeli and Palestinian public have low expectations for the Annapolis summit. CNN's Atika Shubert reports

Retired U.S. general to tackle Israeli-Palestinian security issuesupdated: Wed Nov 28 2007 17:31:00

Calling this "a time of renewed hope," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced Wednesday a former NATO commander will step into a new role as U.S. special envoy for Mideast security.

Abbas visits White Houseupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 22:43:00

President Bush meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House.

Israel, Palestinians eye two-state solution at Maryland summitupdated: Tue Nov 20 2007 15:26:00

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will travel to Annapolis, Maryland, next week where they hope to jump-start the long-dormant Mideast peace process.

Israeli official: Olmert, Abbas discuss major issuesupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 22:40:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tackled the biggest issues dividing the two sides at their meeting on Tuesday -- final borders, Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees, an Israeli official said.

Israel frees 255 prisoners in bid to boost Abbasupdated: Tue Jul 24 2007 03:58:00

Israel released 255 Palestinian prisoners on Friday as part of a series of goodwill gestures designed to bolster Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his standoff against Hamas.

Israel releases prisonersupdated: Tue Jul 24 2007 03:58:00

Israel releases prisoners

Time.com: Israel to Free 250 Palestiniansupdated: Mon Jul 16 2007 12:15:00

Israel will free 250 Palestinian prisoners later this week -- nearly all of them from the Fatah faction of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Abbas' militia defying ordersupdated: Fri Jul 06 2007 03:30:00

Abbas' militia defying orders

Time.com: Good Vibes from the Mideast?updated: Fri Jun 29 2007 02:10:00

Some participants at the Arab-Israeli talks believe a strong resolve to seek an agreement has been established. Not so fast, say the pessimists

Time.com: What's Behind the Arab-Israel Summitupdated: Mon Jun 25 2007 19:30:00

The meeting of Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Palestinian President Abbas is designed to warn Hamas about going it alone

Hamas denies it plans to kill Abbasupdated: Fri Jun 22 2007 03:19:00

Hamas has denied Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' accusation that it is planning to assassinate him.

U.S. to send $59 million to Palestinians' Abbasupdated: Tue Apr 10 2007 15:20:00

Nearly $60 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinians has been cleared for transfer to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the State Department said Tuesday.

Olmert, Rice agree to 3-way talks with Abbasupdated: Mon Jan 15 2007 06:27:00

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have agreed to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a three-way summit as a way to generate momentum for the stalled Middle East peace process, U.S. and Israeli officials said Monday.

Haniya, Abbas agree to pull back forcesupdated: Thu Jan 04 2007 22:33:00

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya and President Mahmoud Abbas met early Friday and agreed to withdraw armed militants from the streets, Haniya said.

Blair, Abbas urge new efforts for peaceupdated: Mon Dec 18 2006 05:43:00

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and British Prime Minister Tony Blair met for talks Monday, with both leaders urging new efforts to resume the Mideast peace process.

Officials: Hamas and Fatah agree to ceasefireupdated: Sun Dec 17 2006 17:41:00

The leading Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed to a cease-fire after street battles left at least two people dead, leaders of other parties involved in the talks announced early Monday.

Abbas may call for early electionsupdated: Sat Dec 09 2006 09:46:00

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is indicating he may call for early elections in the Palestinian territories, Palestinian official Saeb Erakat told CNN.

Hamas rebuffs Abbas on Israelupdated: Fri Sep 22 2006 04:46:00

The ruling Hamas party will not join any Palestinian unity government that recognizes Israel, according to a spokesman for Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.

Palestinian security forces clashupdated: Mon Jun 12 2006 15:02:00

Palestinian security forces were on high alert Monday after Palestinian Authority and Hamas security forces clashed in Rafah, resulting in two deaths.

Abbas sets July vote on Palestinian stateupdated: Sat Jun 10 2006 03:17:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday scheduled a July referendum on a proposal to establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel -- even though ruling party Hamas has rejected the plan.

Abbas presses statehood referendumupdated: Mon Jun 05 2006 17:50:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday that he will call a referendum on Palestinian statehood that would implicitly recognize Israel's right to exist.

Hamas gives Cabinet names to Abbasupdated: Sun Mar 19 2006 16:48:00

The Hamas leader set to become the next Palestinian prime minister showed his list of Cabinet picks Sunday to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a key step toward the militant group's assumption of political power.

Hamas to present Cabinet names to Abbasupdated: Sat Mar 18 2006 10:42:00

Hamas leaders plan to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza on Sunday night to discuss the lineup of their proposed Palestinian Cabinet.

Israel on high alert after siegeupdated: Wed Mar 15 2006 03:06:00

Israel is on high alert following the siege of a prison in the West Bank city of Jericho and the arrest of wanted Palestinian prisoners.

Israel to consider Palestinian sanctionsupdated: Sat Feb 18 2006 09:11:00

The Hamas-led parliament was sworn in Saturday during ceremonies in Ramallah and Gaza City, officially removing the ruling Fatah Party from its decades-long position of prominence in Palestinian politics.

Hamas' past casts shadow over peace plansupdated: Thu Jan 26 2006 00:22:00

The future of the Middle East entered a new era of uncertainty Thursday, as the militant Palestinian opposition group Hamas snatched power from the ruling old guard and made skeptics of many key players in the peace process.

Abbas, Sharon to meet Tuesdayupdated: Wed Oct 05 2005 14:39:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon have agreed to meet Tuesday in an effort to push the peace process forward, according to Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Abbas delays Palestinian electionsupdated: Sat Jun 04 2005 07:15:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has postponed Palestinian legislative elections set for July 17, officials in his office said Saturday.

Israel releasing 400 Palestinian prisonersupdated: Thu Jun 02 2005 00:48:00

Israel began the release of about 400 Palestinian prisoners Thursday -- the second phase of the prisoner releases promised under a cease-fire agreement between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Palestinian leader undergoes heart procedureupdated: Wed Jun 01 2005 19:10:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas underwent a successful minor heart procedure, one of his top advisers said Wednesday in an interview with WAFA, the official Palestinian news agency.

Abbas: 'We have to work together'updated: Wed May 25 2005 21:05:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday kicked off a visit to Washington that will include his first meeting with President Bush since winning election in January.

Sources: Bush to offer Abbas direct aidupdated: Wed May 25 2005 17:02:00

President Bush will offer tens of millions of dollars in direct aid to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during their planned meeting Thursday, administration sources told CNN Wednesday.

Sharon: Abbas must act to eliminate terror groupsupdated: Sun Mar 06 2005 19:57:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Sunday he plans to meet soon with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and will urge him to take action quickly against extremist Islamic organizations.

Abbas: Statehood soon as possibleupdated: Wed Mar 02 2005 08:45:00

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says he wants to form a independent Palestinian state "as soon as possible."

Abbas pledges to unify securityupdated: Tue Mar 01 2005 02:11:00

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has told an international gathering in London that the Palestinian Authority has made a final decision to unify its patchwork security services, a move called for by the United States and Israel.

Abbas: 'Peace is possible'updated: Mon Feb 28 2005 05:32:00

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said he believes peace with Israel is possible -- but that an end to violence is a "mutual commitment" -- ahead of a conference designed to build support for the new Palestinian leadership.

Transcript of Mahmoud Abbas' speech at Egypt summitupdated: Tue Feb 08 2005 16:22:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced a cease-fire agreement in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Tuesday. Following is a transcript of Abbas' speech:

Sharon, Abbas accept summit invitationsupdated: Wed Feb 02 2005 05:40:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have accepted invitations for a summit next week in Egypt, officials on both sides said Wednesday.

Palestinians: Sharon, Abbas may meet soonupdated: Sat Jan 29 2005 11:40:00

A meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and newly elected Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been tentatively scheduled for February 8, Abbas' spokesman, Hassan Abu Libdeh, has said.

Israeli sources: Targeted killings to stopupdated: Wed Jan 26 2005 02:52:00

Israel has told Palestinian officials it is stopping targeted killings of senior members of Palestinian militant groups, Israeli sources said Wednesday.

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