Hamas: We'll reconsider contacts with Israel

Hamas official demands that Israel cease Gaza operations as IDF targets terror infrastructure.

September 15, 2007 14:44
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Hamas: We'll reconsider contacts with Israel

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A Hamas official said that the organization will seriously consider renewing contacts with Israel if it ceased its operations in Gaza and made humanitarian gestures to the populace in the Strip. Reportedly, the official said that, unlike in the past, Hamas is not demanding that Israel take similar steps in Judea and Samaria. Palestinian sources said that Hamas has given in to pressure from Palestinian business holders in Gaza and agreed to allow the exportation of produce through the Kerem Shalom crossing rather than the Karni crossing. Khader Habib, a senior Islamic Jihad activist, said that his organization had not been instructed by Hamas to cease rocket fire on Israel during the month of Ramadan, adding that there was also no such request regarding the targeting of crossings into Israel. Meanwhile, IDF soldiers opened fire at three gunmen in Nablus Saturday night. All three were hit; one of them was moderately wounded and was taken to a hospital in Israel for treatment. A terror suspect was also arrested by security forces in Hebron Satruday night. On Saturday, Palestinians said that a 17-year-old boy was in serious condition after being shot by troops near the town of Beit Hanoun. The IDF said that it had entered Gaza in search of Kassam rocket launchers and came under RPG fire from a group of Islamic Jihad fighters. Nine Palestinians were detained for questioning. On Friday, an IAF aircraft fired missiles at a car carrying gunmen in the northern Gaza Strip. No one was injured in the attack. IDF sources said that the car was carrying local Islamic Jihad commanders. Later in the day, Palestinians fired five mortars at Israel, hitting an area near the security barrier on the border with Gaza. The attack caused no damage or injuries. Also Friday, three Israelis, two women and a man, were ambushed by Palestinian gunmen as they were driving between the West Bank settlements of Karnei Shomron and Kedumim. The two women were lightly wounded in the attack, and managed to escape to a nearby ranch. The man was treated for shock. Troops set up roadblocks throughout the area in an effort to capture the attackers. According to reports, the gunmen fled in a white Subaru which they used during the ambush.

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