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Hamas Withdraws 'Rocket Prevention' Force From Israel Border Area

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Hamas security forces at the Gaza-Israel border.

By    |   Monday, 03 Feb 2014 01:04 PM

Hamas has withdrawn hundreds of security personnel responsible for preventing rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza, the Jerusalem Post reported.

A Hamas official said it withdrew a special 600-person security force posted near the border with Israel to protest Israeli raids against militants firing from Gaza, according to an AFP report cited by the Post.

The official said that regular Hamas forces will continue to be stationed along the Israeli  border.

In January, the Israel Defense Force said there had been a dramatic increase in terrorist activity from Hamas-ruled Gaza, with 14 rockets landing in southern Israel and five more being intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system, the Post reported Friday.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said last week that Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks emanating from Gaza, and that the jihadist group will pay the price for any rocket fire coming from there.

Last month’s escalation came as Hamas said it would never agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel and that it would not give up “one inch” of Palestine, an area which it believes encompasses all of Israel.

The Hamas declaration came in response to comments by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who reportedly said Hamas had authorized him to agree to the two-state solution. Hamas protested that it had done no such thing.

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A Hamas official said it withdrew a special 600-person security force posted near the border with Israel to protest Israeli raids against militants firing from Gaza, according to an AFP report cited by the Post.
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