Hamas prevents Gaza militants from attacking Israeli troops

20:50, April 12, 2010      

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Hamas forces prevented a group of militants from launching an attack on Israeli troops near Gaza borders and detained them for four hours, Islamic Jihad's armed faction said on Monday.

Gunmen from Islamic Jihad movement and al-Aqsa Brigades which is affiliated to Fatah party were stopped by Hamas security members late Sunday when they "were preparing to carry out a Jihad mission against Israeli special forces," a spokesman for al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad's armed wing, said in a statement.

The statement said that the militants were freed four hours later after they signed a pledge to respect "the state of calmness. "

Hamas has maintained a shaky and unofficial ceasefire with Israel since the end of an Israeli military campaign in Gaza in January 2009.

Khaled Al-Batsh, an Islamic Jihad leader, told Xinhua that his movement is not in a state of ceasefire with Israel, adding that " Our movement maintains the right to counter Israel with all means available."

Hamas Interior Ministry has not made response to the statement by far.

Source: Xinhua


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