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How will Hamas react if Israel assassinates its leaders?

Palestinian analysts believe that Hamas will retaliate with a full military escalation if Israel assassinates any of its leaders.

On Aug. 12, Haaretz reported that Israel had planned in recent months to kill senior Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip in response to the Great March of Return protests at the border fence that started on March 30.

According to the report, the Israeli army and the Shin Bet security service believe that assassinating Hamas leaders is a better option than a wide-scale attack on Gaza, which would most likely entail ground troops.

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