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Hamas Terrorists Training to Attack Gush Katif

In what may have been a media stunt, 1,000 masked and armed Hamas terrorists trained Friday morning to infiltrate and attack Jewish communities, according to an Associated Press report.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 8/13/2005, 10:31 PM / Last Update: 8/12/2005, 3:28 PM

The AP added that it was not clear "whether this signaled an intent" that Hamas would fire during the expulsion planned to begin on Wednesday. Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists are trying to create the impression that their terrorism has forced Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to unilaterally dismantle Jewish communities, AP added.

"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.