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Hamas denies reports of its targeting Palestinian security forces in W. Bank
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21:38, July 03, 2007

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A spokesman for Hamas' armed wing, Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, Tuesday denied reports that his group had given instructions to its militants in the West Bank to ambush Palestinian security forces there.

Abu Obeida, al-Qassam Brigades spokesman in the Hamas- controlled Gaza Strip, told Xinhua that "we haven't taken any decision yet. But we warn of any attempt to convey security chaos to the West Bank."

"For us, moving chaos to the West Bank is like playing with fire," Abu Obeida said. "So far we have no interest in moving the conflict into the West Bank which is still under the Israeli occupation."

But he warned, "our patience is running out because of arresting our people and storming our organizations in the West Bank."

Earlier, local reports said al-Qassam Brigades would target Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' security forces in the West Bank, if they continued detaining Hamas leaders and supporters there.

Other reports run by websites affiliated with Fatah movement said Hamas was planning to establish another executive force in the West Bank, similar to the one established in Gaza more than a year ago.

On Monday, Palestinian security forces under Abbas, detained three senior Hamas members in the West Bank, which was the latest action taken by militants loyal to Abbas in the West Bank against Hamas members, in response to Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip last month.

Hamas defeated Fatah, led by Abbas, on June 14 following days of bloody fighting and took control of the Gaza Strip, which prompted Abbas to outlaw the military group of Hamas.

Source: Xinhua



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