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Clashes between Hamas and the bombers

Hamas security sources have confirmed the deaths of two security men in Gaza during clashes with gunmen wanted for the bombing of the convoy of PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah last week.

The sources told Ma’an that the two men were Ziad al-Hawajri and Hammad Abu Suwayrah, both members of the Hamas’ security services.

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Gazan media sources suggested the main suspect in the bombing of the Prime Minister’s convoy last week, Anas Abu Khousa, has been captured.

Iyad al-Bazm, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior and National Security in Gaza, said that the security services surrounded a house in the village of Zawaideh in the central Gaza Strip where a number of wanted men associated with the attack were holed up. Witnesses said they heard intermittent gunfire in the area, and then ambulances arrived to care for the injured.

The siege of the house came under a state of heightened alert among the security services in Gaza in search of Abu Khousa.

Security checkpoints were set up on the streets of Gaza, where cars were searched and their passengers checked.

The Interior Ministry in Gaza announced a $5,000 grant for information on Abu Khousa, while Hamas apologized to the residents for the strict security measures.

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