A billboard displays a picture of one of Hamas' leader, Mazen Faqha, who was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the Gaza Strip, at the Nuseirat refugee camp central of Gaza Strip, on March 27, 2017. / AFP / MOHAMMED ABED
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After openly accusing Israel of assassinating a key military commander near his Gaza home, experts agree that Palestinian group Hamas will want to retaliate.Israeli and Palestinian experts both said Hamas would seek to avenge the killing of Mazen Faqha, 38, but from a distance.The Jewish state has remained silent but several Hamas figures have been assassinated by Israel in the past, including founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.The Islamist group could seek to strike inside Israel itself or in the West Bank, occupied by the Israel and separated geographically from Gaza by Israeli territory.The movement has been careful not to spell out its intentions, with Yahya Sinwar, a military leader recently elected to head Hamas in Gaza, remaining silent.Unusually, Hamas temporarily closed the only crossing point for people from Gaza into Israel, in an apparent attempt to prevent the assassins escaping.
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