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Offbeat Hamas claims 50 of its members died in Monday's clashes in Gaza

23:30  16 may  2018
23:30  16 may  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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A senior member of Hamas ' political bureau said during a TV interview on Wednesday that 50 people killed by Israeli soldiers during clashes in Gaza on Monday Ahmed Abu Artema, widely credited as the person who brought the latest wave of demonstrations into being, cast doubt on Hamas ' claims .

A senior member of Hamas ' political bureau said during a TV interview on Wednesday that 50 people killed by Israeli s Salah al-Bardaweel was responding to suggestions from the interviewer that Hamas , the militant group that runs Gaza , was sending other people to die in the protests.

demonstrators in the crowd near the border with Israel the day after nearly 60 people were killed. They say they want to return to lands lost to their families in 1948. They also call for an end. Protesters say the security barrier feels like the walls of a prion because of the more than ten-year blockade. More generics plus photo description can be written digital. © Adam Dobby/CNN demonstrators in the crowd near the border with Israel the day after nearly 60 people were killed. They say they want to return to lands lost to their families in 1948. They also call for an end. Protesters say the security barrier feels like the walls of a prion because of the more than ten-year blockade. More generics plus photo description can be written digital.

A senior member of Hamas' political bureau said during a TV interview on Wednesday that 50 people killed by Israeli soldiers during clashes in Gaza on Monday were members of Hamas.

Salah al-Bardaweel was responding to suggestions from the interviewer that Hamas, the militant group that runs Gaza, was sending other people to die in the protests.

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A senior member of Hamas ' political bureau said during a TV interview on Wednesday that 50 people killed by Israeli s Salah al-Bardaweel was responding to suggestions from the interviewer that Hamas , the militant group that runs Gaza , was sending other people to die in the protests.

GAZA (CNN) -- A senior member of Hamas ' political bureau said during a TV interview on Wednesday that 50 people killed by Israeli soldiers during clashes in Gaza on Monday were members of Hamas . Salah al-Bardaweel was responding to suggestions from the interviewer that Hamas

"In the last round [of demonstrations] 62 people were martyred; 50 of them are from Hamas and 12 from the people," al-Bardaweel replied, adding, "I am telling you, these are official numbers."

Israeli officials have seized on the comment as supporting their position that the demonstrations at the fence separating Gaza from Israel are directed by Hamas.

Israel Defense Forces spokesman Jonathan Conricus tweeted a clip from the interview and wrote, "Senior Hamas official sets the record straight on who was killed in last Hamas-orchestrated riots: '50 of the 62 martyrs were Hamas.' Take his word for it. This was not peaceful protest."

Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif Quanau, in a phone conversation with CNN, would not confirm or deny the number of fatalities linked to Hamas.

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A senior member of Hamas ’ political bureau said during a TV interview on Wednesday that 50 people killed by Israeli soldiers during clashes in Gaza on Monday were members of Hamas . Salah al-Bardaweel was responding to suggestions from the interviewer that Hamas

A Hamas official on Wednesday acknowledged that 50 of the 62 Palestinians reported killed during Gaza border riots on Monday and Tuesday were members Hamas press release on May 15, 2918, announcing the deaths of 10 of its Interior Ministry members in clashes with the IDF the day prior.

"I do not have specific numbers but all the factions have participated in the demonstrations, and they are all being targeted," Quanau said.

He added, "The protests are peaceful and include all political and military factions. The Qassem Brigade, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and all the factions, are a part of the Palestinian people. When the people decided to move, all the people of all the different factions moved with them. And just as [the various factions] pursue military resistance, they also pursue peaceful resistance."

Ahmed Abu Artema, widely credited as the person who brought the latest wave of demonstrations into being, cast doubt on Hamas' claims.

"I personally doubt the number," he told CNN in a phone conversation. "This is rhetoric, I don't believe [al-Bardaweel] has confirmed the number; the reporter provoked him with his question."

But, he added, "even if the number was right, the [political and military] factions are a part of our society."

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