Gaza Militias Moving to West Bank

(Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - Jamal Abu Samhadana, commander of the Popular Resistance Committees in Gaza, announced Sunday, "We will move our cells to the West Bank," where they would start operating immediately after the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. The Popular Resistance Committees, which consists of gunmen belonging to the ruling Fatah party and dissident members of the PA security forces, had claimed responsibility for the October 2003 attack on a U.S. diplomatic convoy in Gaza in which three American security officers were killed. Abu Samhadana, wanted by Israel for a series of terror attacks, revealed that the PA recently offered him a senior position in its Military Intelligence Force and that he was positively weighing the offer. Abu Samhadana and his cohorts viewed the disengagement as an Israeli "surrender" to the will, determination, and resistance of the Palestinians. He said his group would continue to launch attacks on Israel after the disengagement "to liberate the remaining Palestinian lands." He disclosed that at least 500 members of his group have been recruited to the PA security forces since January.

2005-08-08 00:00:00

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