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Gaza: Armed groups to form joint force
Published Friday 03/09/2010 (updated) 04/09/2010 16:55
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Twelve militant groups held a meeting in the Gaza Strip last week, and agreed to form a joint operations room to coordinate resistance activities, Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman told reporters Thursday.

Speaking shortly before US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell delivered an update on the peace talks in Washington, Abu Obeida, flanked by representatives of the 12 groups, announced a "new phase of advanced joint efforts" for the resistance.

The Al-Qassam Brigades claimed to have orchestrated and carried out two attacks on Israeli settlers in the West Bank over the past three days, the first killing four - two men, two women, one of the latter pregnant - near Hebron, and the second injuring two near Ramallah.

In statements issued by the brigades, the attacks were said to have been acts of opposition to the decision of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah to return to peace talks with Israel against the wishes of Palestinians.

"The armed wings held a meeting in Gaza on 30 August, and agreed on a set of principals in working against the Israeli occupation." Abu Obeida said, hinting at the nature of the agreements, he added, "we will not allow the [peace talks] to pass, the resistance will have its word."

Abu Obeida reiterated the rejection of peace talks in their current form, and gave blessing to the individuals who carried out the two attacks on West Bank settlers on Tuesday and Wednesday night. "They were a natural response to the crimes of the occupation, and will not be the last of the resistance attacks," he said.

According to the spokesman, the participating brigades included:

Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades
Islamic Jihad's Al-Quds Brigades
Popular Resistance Committees' Salah Ad-Din Brigades
Fatah's Al-Aqsa Brigades
The Al-Sa’eqa forces, also linked to Fatah
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's Abu Ali Mustafa brigades,
Jihad Jibril Brigades, also linked to the PFLP
Saif Al-Islam Brigades
Al-Ansar Brigades
Humat Al-Aqsa (Al-Aqsa protectors)

The Al-Aqsa Brigades, however, later issued a statement saying they had no representative at the news conference, and that the statements made during the event did not "represent our stance."

The brigades said they refused to take part in media campaigns that aimed only to achieve a "narrow, partisan objective and not regional goals, at the expense of all Palestinians."

Continuing, the statement said that "resistance and armed struggle is our qualitative and strategic option that will not be given up as long as the occupation continues its crimes against the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza."

The group called on other militant wings to reconsider their stance, but encouraged participation in a joint initiative in general.

Hamas condemns harassment of affiliates in West Bank

During the news conference, the Al-Qassam spokesman urged PA forces in the West Bank to halt their mass detention campaign targeting Hamas members in the West Bank. Detentions of hundreds of men and women were reported in the days following the attacks against settlers, which have been condemned by rights groups as arbitrary and against Palestinian Basic Laws.

Detainees included teachers, students, professionals, traders, and imams of mosques across the West Bank. Many were arrested at work or at home while others were summoned to security offices by phone and then detained, investigations from rights groups reported.

At a press conference in Gaza on Thursday Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri accused the PA of arresting 550 of the Islamist movement's affiliates.
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1 ) Malone / Hfx
03/09/2010 17:25
Not to worry,they'll be fighting among themselves in no time and killing each other off.

2 ) paul / usa
03/09/2010 17:25
this is the only language that the beastly zionists understand. Free Palestine!

3 ) Joe Fattal / USA
03/09/2010 18:27
That's good. But not enough to fight the Israeli and win. Israel will use its air-force, not too much for their ground troops, especially not the one that were caught dancing in the street. Israel cannot wage a street to street fighting, but their air-force will do the damage for them. Anti aicraft missiles is what the Palestinians need to have a little edge.

4 ) lwsj / US
03/09/2010 18:50

i am shocked. positively shocked. arab-muslims and their tribal, mafia familily-structured armed groups hate Jews even more than they hate each other.

yeah, peace talks will be smashing success. lol

5 ) Phil / UK
03/09/2010 22:29
Keep not silent, O God. Hold not thy peace, and be not still O God. For your enemies make a tumult. And they that hate you have lifted up their head.
They have taken crafty counsel against your people. And consulted against your hidden ones. They have said, come, and let us cut them off from being a nation. That the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
Let them be put to shame, and perish. That men may know that your name is JEHOVAH. Psalm 83 coming to a place near you Hamas & Co, !

6 ) Jerrold Cohen / USA
04/09/2010 06:38
High time the best-form-of-resistance people are getting together while the collaborators blab with the US and Israel as Israel steals more land.

7 ) Joe Fattal / USA
04/09/2010 16:02
@5) Phil /UK Your knowledge of the bible is very impressive, but what you referring to is purely fictional. God has nothing to do with Israel, then and Israel now. The Likud Party, Netanyahu, Barack, Peres they the one that have the key for Israel survival, or Israel demise. Hamas In Gaza, Fatah in the West Bank, and Hezbollah in Lebanon control the fate of the Middle-East, and in particular the Palestinians in general. God will be watching us, but believe me, he is staying out of it.
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