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Gaza militants prepare to fight as truce nears end
Reuters ^ | 30 Dec 2005 | Nidal al-Mughrabi

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.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: gaza; nidalalmughrabi; truce

1 posted on 12/29/2005 5:20:01 PM PST by ncountylee
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To: ncountylee

Hey vermin...bring it on!


2 posted on 12/29/2005 5:21:03 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: ncountylee
Wow,,, there "was" a truce???????
I spose that means its ok for Israel to retaliate now!

AFT!!!!!


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3 posted on 12/29/2005 5:31:25 PM PST by rawcatslyentist (Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government.)
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To: ncountylee

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.


4 posted on 12/29/2005 5:32:34 PM PST by 308MBR (Not only older, but bolder. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.)
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To: ncountylee

Everyone repeat after me: Islam is a religion of peace!


5 posted on 12/29/2005 5:45:28 PM PST by Man50D
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To: ncountylee

And Israel is giving back land to these dirt bags because?


6 posted on 12/29/2005 5:49:27 PM PST by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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I hear voices,,,,,and they tell me,,,,,,,,Gaza's pain is coming,,,,,big time :)


7 posted on 12/29/2005 5:51:28 PM PST by meanie monster (http://guptonator.myvideochat.net)
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To: headstamp
And Israel is giving back land to these dirt bags because?

Because it makes it much easier to target them.

8 posted on 12/29/2005 5:54:05 PM PST by EricT. (Yackity schmackity blah blah blah)
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To: headstamp

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.


9 posted on 12/29/2005 7:10:42 PM PST by Madison Moose
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To: ncountylee
Somehow I get the feeling that this same story will (more or less) be reproduced 200 years from now. These Middle East whackjobs will spill blood night and day for the next 2000 years.

Losers. All of them.

10 posted on 12/29/2005 7:26:19 PM PST by Windsong (Jesus Saves, but Buddha makes incremental backups)
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To: Madison Moose

That's logical.


11 posted on 12/30/2005 7:28:48 AM PST by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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