Skip to comments.Gaza militants prepare to fight as truce nears end
Posted on 12/29/2005 5:19:59 PM PST by ncountylee
GAZA, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Crawling beneath bushes and planting bombs for practice attacks, Palestinian militants trained in the Gaza Strip on Thursday to resume fighting when a truce with Israel expires at year's end.
Most Palestinian armed factions agreed to halt attacks on Israel until the end of 2005 and follow a "period of calm" at the behest of President Mahmoud Abbas, but many say they want to resume the uprising fully after Dec. 31.
Gunmen training in Gaza came from Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, part of Abbas's Fatah, as well as the Popular Resistance Committees, an umbrella group that never backed the truce.
"Calm was a strategic mistake by the resistance and it will not be repeated," said Abu Sharif speaking on behalf of the two groups.
The truce helped smooth Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip after 38 years of occupation and brought relative calm welcomed on both sides -- polls show a big majority of both Israelis and Palestinians want it to continue.
But Abbas made little headway when he met factions in Gaza this week to press them to renew their commitment to the truce ahead of Palestinian parliamentary elections next month.
The armed groups say that the truce cost them more than they gained because Israel continued raids and did not free all Palestinian prisoners, as they had demanded. Israel says its raids were to stop militants who were planning attacks.
Violence is already on the rise.
A Palestinian suicide bomber killed an Israeli soldier and two Palestinian bystanders in the West Bank on Thursday.
Israel shelled a new "no-go zone" in the northern Gaza Strip to stop makeshift rocket fire militants say is to retaliate for Israel actions in Gaza and the West Bank.
(Excerpt) Read more at alertnet.org ...
Hey vermin...bring it on!
Go ahead and prove to the rest of the world why you deserve everyone else subsidizing a state FOR you.
I'm sick of this crap. NO MORE US DOLLARS FOR TERRORISTS EXCEPT TO DELIVER BULLETS TO THEM AT OVER 3000 FEET/SEC.
Everyone repeat after me: Islam is a religion of peace!
And Israel is giving back land to these dirt bags because?
I hear voices,,,,,and they tell me,,,,,,,,Gaza's pain is coming,,,,,big time :)
Because it makes it much easier to target them.
They give land back because if the terrorists assemble in large numbers, they can perish in large numbers. And they couldn't assemble when it was full of Israelis.
Losers. All of them.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.