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Hamas announced the death of a Qassam Brigades fighter who died after an accident in a tunnel used for military purposes. Hamas said that the government in Gaza is losing $230 million a month as a result of the closure of smuggling tunnels. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with US envoy to the peace process, Martin Indyk, to discuss current negotiations with Israel.
Hamas is reportedly planning a response to upcoming protests in early November in Gaza. Hamas leader Saleh Aruri, known to operate in Turkey, said Hamas will not give up on "the resistance" and will work to develop it. Commenting on reports that PA forces detained members of a Hamas cell preparing drone attacks from the West Bank, a Palestinian security services spokesman said the Israeli media was trying to drive a wedge within Palestinian society.
A leader in the Popular Resistance Committees was reportedly targeted in Gaza as part of the group's ongoing internal divisions. Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators clashed in the West Bank. The Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza is closed until further notice. Hamas denounced Palestinian Authority forces for allegedly arresting Hamas members planning attacks against Israel.
Swiss and Russian experts reportedly ruled out the possibility that Yasser Arafat was killed by polonium. The Palestinian Authority cabinet condemned the recent killing of Palestinian terrorist Mohammed Asi by Israel in the West Bank. Iran is said to have canceled the planned visit of Hamas' Khaled Meshal to Tehran.
Turkey announced plans to provide the Hamas-run Gaza Strip $850,000 to deal with energy needs. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he is prepared to meet with Israel's prime minister at any time to push forward the peace process. Thousands attended the funeral of Palestinian terrorist Mohammed Asi in the West Bank. Hamas' Saleh Arouri, based in Turkey, said "resistance in all its forms is the only option to liberate" Palestine.
A Palestinian Authority minister recently praised Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin as a good role model for children. Hamas admitted that its operatives had dug a newly discovered terrorist tunnel into Israel. Qatar will reportedly provide the Palestinian Authority with $150 million to aid its fiscal problems.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh denied that Hamas was meddling in the affairs of any Arab states, in particular Egypt and Syria. In addition, Haniyeh called on Palestinians to wage a "popular uprising" in the West Bank. Two years after completing an exchange deal with Israel for Gilad Shalit, Hamas warned that it is prepared to abduct more Israelis.
A leaked EU document said $2.7 billion in EU funds to the Palestinian Authority between 2008 and 2012 have been lost due to corruption and mismanagement. PA President Mahmoud Abbas has alleged that the PA's going economic problems are Israel's fault. Security forces have arrested nearly 100 people in various operations in the Jenin area.