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    Senior EU Official Warns of Huge Security Risk in Europe over Christmas as Israel-Hamas War Rages

    Senior EU Official Warns of Huge Security Risk in Europe over Christmas as Israel-Hamas War Rages

    BRUSSELS — faces a “huge risk of terrorist attacks” over the Christmas holiday period due to the fallout from the war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, the European Union's home affairs commissioner warned Tuesday.

    The warning came as French investigators probe a fatal weekend attack near the Eiffel Tower in . Questions were raised about the mental health of the suspect, who swore allegiance to the extremist Islamic State group before stabbing a tourist to death and injuring two other people with a hammer.

    “With the war between Israel and Hamas, and the polarization it causes in our society, with the upcoming holiday season, there is a huge risk of terrorist attacks in the European Union,” EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told reporters.

    “We saw (it happening) recently in Paris, unfortunately we have seen it earlier as well,” she said, as EU interior ministers gathered in Brussels. She provided no details about any police or security information that might have led to her warning.

    The fallout from Hamas' attacks in southern Israel on Oct. 7, which killed about 1,200 people, and the ongoing Israeli response that health officials in Gaza say has killed at least 15,890 Palestinians, has spread to Europe.

    In several European capitals in recent weeks, tens of thousands of people have staged -Palestinian rallies and also marched in support of Israel and against…

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