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Friday, November 30, 2007

They talk in Annapolis They kill in Gaza

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Israeli Air strike Martyrs 4 Palestinians

29/11/2007 Four Hamas resistance fighters have been martyred in a new Israeli occupation air raid and another attack in the Gaza Strip.

The martyrs were identified as Saher Shahin, 25, and Imad Abou Tuhema, 22.

They were members of the Al-Qassam, the armed wing of the Islamic resistance movement.

An Israeli occupation army spokesman confirmed the raid, saying a helicopter attacked "several Palestinian suspects who were approaching the border."

According to the United Nations Charter, struggle against military occupation of territories of the member states is legitimate.

Two other members Abdallah Astal, 22, and Khami Abu Ruyia, 18 died when a tank shell hit them in another area in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Two Hamas members were wounded and two others died in the air attack which took place near Khan Yunus in the south of the Gaza Strip late Wednesday.

All Options Open against Israel after Annapolis: Hamas

29/11/2007 Hamas warned on Thursday that all options were open for the Islamic resistance movement against Israel after a US conference that revived settlement talks and five days in which Israeli occupation troops had killed 12 resistance fighters in Gaza. "All options are open to answer any crime, especially after the Annapolis conference, which gave the Zionists a green light to commit more and more crimes against our people," said a statement from the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military armed wing.

Since Sunday, Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip has killed 12 resistance fighters, most of them from the Islamic resistance movement. Hamas vigorously opposed the international conference in Annapolis, Maryland this week that revived Israeli-Palestinian talks after a seven-year freeze and to which the Islamic movement was not invited.

Hamas also warned the Palestinian leadership against making good on its pledge to implement the roadmap for Middle East talks - as expressed in a joint statement that the two sides agreed just before the start of the conference on Tuesday. The first phase of the roadmap - an international plan that has made next to no progress since its launch in 2003 - calls for the Palestinians to undertake "visible" steps against fighters planning attacks on Israelis.

"It is not acceptable to implement the steps in the first phase of the roadmap, especially if they arrest our mujahedeen or take our weapons," the statement said. "If this happens, it will mean a declaration of war between us and any side which implements the roadmap steps."

In their joint statement, read out by US President George W. Bush at the start of the Annapolis conference on Tuesday, the Israelis and Palestinians agreed "to immediately implement their respective obligations under the performance-based roadmap."

Fatah, Hamas to Join Ranks if Israeli Army raids Gaza

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30/11/2007 Fatah will fight alongside Hamas if and when the Israeli occupation army launches a military operation in the Gaza Strip, a senior Fatah official in Gaza City said Thursday. Israeli occupation troops take up a position during a battle on the Gaza border. "Fatah won't remain idle in the face of an Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip," the official said. "We will definitely fight together with Hamas against the Israeli army. It's our duty to defend our people against the occupiers." The Fatah official said his faction would place political differences aside and form a joint front against Israel if the Israeli army enters the Gaza Strip. "The homeland is more important than all our differences," he said.

The statements came amid reports that some Arab countries were planning to resume mediation efforts between Fatah and Hamas to avoid further deterioration in the aftermath of the Annapolis conference. According to the reports, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have decided to invite representatives of Fatah and Hamas for talks on ways of ending their power struggle. A senior Palestinian official who visited Cairo this week said the Egyptians and Saudis have reached the conclusion that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas won't be able to move forward with the talks with Israel without solving his problems with Hamas. The official said Abbas had given his blessing to Cairo and Riyadh to resume their efforts to end the crisis with Hamas.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak phoned Abbas Thursday and discussed with him the results of the Annapolis conference and the possibility of resuming negotiations between Fatah and Hamas. Abbas is currently on a visit to Tunisia, where he is expected to brief veteran PLO officials on the outcome of the conference. Earlier this week, the Egyptian government gave permission to several pro-Palestinian organizations in Egypt to send truckloads of food and medicine to the Gaza Strip. The trucks are scheduled to arrive in the Gaza Strip on Friday through the Rafah border crossing, which remains closed to travelers.

Hamas, meanwhile, is bracing for a massive Israeli occupation army operation to halt the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip. Sources in the Gaza Strip said Hamas's security forces have been placed on full alert and most of the movement's senior leaders have gone into hiding for fear of being targeted by Israel. In addition, Hamas has evacuated many of its security and civil institutions. Hamas leaders on Thursday tried to establish a link between the Annapolis conference and a potential Israeli army attack on the Gaza Strip. They said the latest escalation, which claimed the lives of some 20 Hamas members over the past week, was directly linked to the conference. Hamas spokesman Ismail Radwan said Israel was stepping up its military operations in the Gaza Strip to cover up for the "failure" of the Annapolis conference. He said the thousands of Palestinians who demonstrated against the conference over the past few days in the occupied West Bank indicated that a majority of the public were opposed to Annapolis.

Hamas legislator Mushir al-Masri said the killing of six Hamas resistance fighters over the past 48 hours was one of the direct results of the Annapolis conference. "The Annapolis conference has failed," he said. "This conference was nothing but an attempt to impose the American and Israeli agenda on the Palestinians. The conference also gave a green light to Israel to launch a big military operation in the Gaza Strip."

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