"We will keep our weapons in hand until we liberate all our land. Gaza is the beginning. We will not lay down our weapons after the Zionists withdraw from Gaza because the road ahead is long," Hamas spokesman Abu Anas said.
Hamas announced on Thursday night that it promised the Palestinian Authority (PA) it would hold fire during the pullout, which is slated to take at least three weeks. However, it rejected an appeal by PA chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) to cancel a planned victory parade by armed terrorists.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has vowed that the expulsion will take place without any firing on Israeli citizens or soldiers, but shootings have continued on a daily basis. Arab terrorists shot at IDF soldiers Thursday evening and Friday morning near Neve Dekalim, the largest town in Gush Katif. They also shot at defense forces near the community of Gadid. No one was injured in the attacks.