PA Militants Strongly Oppose Egypt's Gaza Role

(Ha'aretz) Arnon Regular - Fatah, Hamas, the Popular and Democratic Fronts, and other Palestinian political groupings Monday issued a joint statement strongly opposed to the "security role" proposed for Egypt and Jordan in the territories. The announcement says it regards an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza as a victory for the armed struggle. It further notes, "Any withdrawal must be unconditional with no guarantees for the safety of the enemy and must be a first step toward the liberation of the rest of our lands." Fatah and Hamas fear the plan marks the start of operations to dismantle armed factions in Gaza. Incitement against the Egyptian role has stepped up dramatically in recent days and there is now concern about possible terror attacks aimed to drive the Egyptians out.

2004-06-18 00:00:00

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