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Israel says Hamas West Bank coup attempt thwarted

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published August 18, 2014 at 8:51 a.m. Updated August 18, 2014 at 11:08 a.m.

JERUSALEM — Israel's Shin Bet security service said Monday that it had thwarted a Hamas coup attempt in the West Bank aimed at toppling Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, though it offered few details.

In recent months, the Shin Bet said, it had arrested more than 90 Hamas operatives, confiscated dozens of weapons that had been smuggled into the West Bank and more than $170,000 aimed at funding attacks. It produced photos of the confiscated weapons and cash and a flowchart of the Hamas operatives who had been questioned.

The Shin Ben said the plot was orchestrated by senior Hamas official Salah Arouri, who is based in Turkey and enjoys the support of the local officials there. The idea was to set up cells in major West Bank cities and

Hamas had no immediate comment to the claim.

A five-day cease-fire expires later Monday.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more.


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