Israel detains senior Hamas officials

Thirty-three senior Hamas officials have been arrested by the Israel Defence Force (IDF). Among those detained were legislators, mayors and even the Education Minister, Nasser Shaer. [Haaretz, May 24]. Overnight, Israeli Air Force fighter jets targeted Palestinian money exchanges accused of passing monies from Iran, Lebanon and Syria into the arming and training of Hamas militants, the IDF has said. In an earlier incident, IDF fire is reported to have killed a local farmer in the Gaza Strip. [Haaretz, May 24] Palestinian militants have rejected calls for a ceasefire with both Israel and between the rival factions in the Gaza Strip. [BBC, May 24]

From Security Briefs, May 24

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