Blair's tribute to Ariel Sharon at memorial service

Tony Blair has heralded Ariel Sharon as "a giant of this land" at the state memorial service for the former Israeli prime minister, who died on Saturday. He was laid to rest at a ranch he owned near Sderot, close to Gaza.

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Hamas: We feel 'extreme happiness' at Sharon death

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Ariel Sharon's "hands were smeared with the blood of our people". Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal

A spokesman for the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement said "our people" feel "extreme happiness" at the death of Ariel Sharon, who he described as a "tyrant" and "criminal".

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the former Israeli Prime Minister's "hands were smeared with the blood of our people and the blood of our leaders here and in exile".

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