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More than 10,000 Hamas sympathisers have gathered in the West Bank towns of Ram Allah and Nablus to mark this week's anniversary of Israel's assassination of the resistance group's spiritual leader, Shaikh Ahmad Yasin.

Liberated Territory: Enter Peacefully and Safely, reads a road sign erected by Hizb Allah sometime since its guerrillas forced the Israeli army out of south Lebanon in 2000.

Up to 15,000 Palestinians in the West Bank city of Jenin have commemorated those killed in a bloody Israeli operation two years ago, as a Jewish settler was shot dead in a resistance attack.

Israel has invaded the Gaza Strip for a second consecutive day amid calls from Hamas for retaliation against

Protesters in cities across Iraq,

I had the professional privilege of meeting Shaikh Ahmad Yasin in October 2000, just weeks after the outbreak of the al-Aqsa Intifada.

Faisal Bodi

Israeli tanks have invaded a refugee camp in the occupied Gaza Strip as Hamas announced a new chief to replace Shaikh Ahmad Yasin, who was assassinated last week.

Abd Al-Aziz al-Rantisi has taken over as the new leader of Hamas in Gaza after Israel's assassination of the group's founder.

Hamas has flatly denied American accusations that the resistance group has threatened US interests after the assassination by Israel of Shaikh Ahmad Yasin.

Natasha Tynes
The Palestinian government has called for a special session of the United Nations Security Council to be convened after Israel's assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Shaikh Ahmad Yasin.
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