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UPDATED: 08:34, December 04, 2006
Hamas drops out truce with Israel
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The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) announced on Sunday that it decided to quit the truce with Israel from now on.

In a statement sent to reporters, Hamas said that it made the decision out of the consideration of the current interior situation in the Palestinian territories.

The Palestinian ruling party put restoration of political order on the top of Palestinians' agenda, saying that the ceasefire with Israel should be put off to next stage.

The ceasefire took effect as of 6:00 a.m. (0400 GMT) on Nov. 26 after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed on it on the previous night.

However, the Palestinian militants continued their rocket attacks on Israeli city despite the ceasefire, endangering the vulnerable truce deal.

Meanwhile, Israeli army also rejected the halt of military operations in the West Bank, putting aside Palestinians threats of dropping the truce deal if the operations in the West Bank are not stopped.

Moreover, Palestinian political situation was in a stalemate again after the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), dominated by Abbas' Fatah movement, announced on Friday the suspension of talks between Hamas and Fatah over the formation of a unity government.

In order to bring the Palestinians out of the dual plights of economy and politics, Palestinian factions, mainly Fatah and Hamas, have been dedicated to efforts to form a new Palestinian unity government to be accepted by international community.

Source: Xinhua

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