24 Mar '11, 1am

Israel warns Hamas against escalating conflict

Israel warns Hamas against escalating conflict

MOSCOW: Israeli officials on Thursday warned the Islamist Hamas against escalating conflict as a series of Gaza border clashes and a bus bomb threatened to send violence spiralling out of control. "Israel is not interested in an escalation and if there is one it will be the work of Hamas," said a senior Israeli official speaking on condition of anonymity. A woman was killed and more than 30 people wounded when a bomb ripped through a bus in Jerusalem on Wednesday, hours after militants vowed revenge for two deadly Israeli raids on Gaza. The bombing also came several hours after two Grad rockets fired by Gaza militants hit the southern city of Beersheva. Senior officials said that Israel's intelligence agencies were investigating whether Hamas was behind the bombing and whether it was linked to the recent upsurge in violence in the Gaza Strip. If it was discovered that Hama...

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