'We'll reconsider contacts with Israel'

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

September 16, 2007 07:34
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IDF tanks and bulldozers operated east of Rafah in the Gaza Strip under cover of helicopters overnight Saturday, Israel Radio quoted Palestinian sources as saying. According to the Palestinian report, soldiers entered houses and arrested a number of people and the IAF fired a missile at a building. Israel Radio reported that the IDF targeted terror infrastructure in the southern Gaza Strip. The forces fired at gunmen who were preparing to fire a number of mortars at Israel, and confirmed that the gunmen were hit. 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 arrested by security forces in Hebron.

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