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Israel Says Hamas Linked to IS Assault on Egyptian Army

A senior Israeli officer said Thursday the militant Palestinian movement Hamas played a part in attacks by the Islamic State group on Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula.

"In the latest attacks Hamas gave support with weapons and organization to groups supporting IS," Major General Yoav Mordechai said in an interview in Arabic with Al-Jazeera television.

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Palestinians Protest One Year after Teenager Burned to death

Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated in east Jerusalem Thursday to commemorate the first anniversary of a teenager being burned to death in an Israeli revenge attack in the run-up to the Gaza war.

Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, was abducted and killed on July 2, 2014, weeks after the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.

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Gunmen Shoot Dead Egypt Policeman

Two gunmen on a motorbike on Thursday shot dead an Egyptian traffic policeman in Fayoum, southwest of Cairo, police said.

The shooting comes a day after dozens were killed in North Sinai, including soldiers, in spectacular attacks waged by "the Sinai Province", the Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State group.

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Morocco Arrests Nine over IS Propaganda, Recruitment

Morocco said Thursday it arrested nine suspects for spreading Islamic State group propaganda and trying to recruit people to join the jihadist organization.

The arrests were carried out in a number of cities and towns in the North African country, the interior ministry said in a statement.

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Stiff Fines in Qaida Campaign to Stamp Out Qat in Yemen City

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has stepped up its campaign to stamp out use of the mild narcotic qat in a Yemeni city it controls, announcing hefty fines for traffickers.

Chewing wads of the evergreen herb has a stimulant effect similar to drinking numerous cups of strong coffee, and it is part of the social fabric of Yemen.

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Iraq Christians Train to Recapture Homes from IS

With wooden crosses around their necks and others tattooed on their arms, several dozen Iraqi Christians are training to recapture their homes overrun by the Islamic State jihadist group.

A year ago, IS launched a fierce offensive in northern Iraq, quickly capturing second city Mosul, with its large Christian minority, and Christian-populated areas in the surrounding Nineveh province.

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Syria Refugee Child Labor a 'Growing, Dangerous Problem'

A growing number of Syrian refugee children are being pushed into the labor market to support their families and exploited, often in dangerous conditions, said a report released on Thursday.

Syria's civil war has killed more than 230,000 people and forced around half the population from their homes.

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With Army Ranks Depleted, Syria Urges People to Enlist

With the Syrian army's ranks depleted by casualties and rampant draft-dodging, a new campaign in the war-torn country is urging citizens to enlist.

In recent weeks, billboards have sprung up across Damascus reading "Join the army," "We are all the army," and "With our army, we'll win our country."

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Syrian Observatory: 4 South Syria Hospitals Shut after Regime Raids

Four hospitals in the southern Syrian province of Daraa have been forced to close in recent days after intensive government air strikes, a monitor said on Thursday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 18 people were killed in government strikes across Daraa on Wednesday, including in a raid that hit a rebel checkpoint near a field hospital in the town of Saida.

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Egypt Vows to Wipe Out 'Dens of Terror' after IS Attacks

Egypt vowed Thursday to crush an escalating insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula after Islamic State group jihadists killed dozens in their most spectacular assault yet in the strife-plagued region.

The violence poses a major test for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who has pledged to wipe out the militants.

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