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DON'T MAKE US HURT AMERICAN CITIZENS, HAMAS WARNS U.S.

The Islamic resistance movement Hamas, which has killed scores of Israelis in suicide-bomb attacks, told the United States Wednesday it hoped Washington would not force it to start harming U.S. citizens.

Abu Mohammed Mustafa, Hamas' representative in Syria, said U.S. interests would be negatively affected if the United States extradited Hamas political leader Musa Abu Marzuk to Israel."We have been keen not to harm the U.S. interests or the American people in Palestine and outside it because we are limiting our battle against the Israeli occupiers. We wish and hope that we will not be forced to change this policy," Mustafa told Reuters in an inter-view.

The U.S. government said last week it had arrested Abu Marzuk after it found his name on the so-called "Watch List" of aliens not allowed to enter the United States.