Monday, July 23, 2007

Fatah-affiliated fighters refuse to handover weapons or renounce violence
against Israel
Date: 22 / 07 / 2007 Time: 17:33

Jenin - Ma'an - The official spokesperson of the Fatah-affiliated Martyr Abu
Ammar Brigades, Abu Mohammad, affirmed the brigades' loyalty to political
leaders and Fatah decisions, but announced that the group refuses to
handover its weapons or renounce violence against Israel.

The announcement follows the declaration of the main military wing of Fatah,
the Al Aqsa Brigades, last Sunday in which the fighters abandoned the armed
struggle against Israel.

"We did not and will not handover our weapons and cease resistance against
the Israeli occupation as long as it is targeting Palestinians and invading
the Palestinian territories and as long as it continues to pursue the
Palestinian resistance everywhere," said Abu Mohammad.

Abu Mohammad also said that the brigades do no recognize "the Israeli pardon
of resistance men." He asserted "we, the Palestinians, are not murderers, so
we should automatically be immune to pursuit, we are resisting and this is
our legitimate right."

At the same time, Abu Mohammad congratulated the 256 Fatah prisoners on
their release from Israeli jails and appealed for ongoing efforts to release
all prisoners.

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