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Fatah's Armed Wing to Halt Attacks on Israel

Wednesday, 02 January 2002 12:00 AM

Al Aqsa Martyrs Battalions said in a statement they would respect Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat call for militant groups to stop armed and suicide bombing attacks against Israeli targets.

According to Palestinian sources, it was the first time the group has made a commitment to ending attacks since the beginning of the intifada in September 2000.

Arafat made his plea for an end to attacks on Israel following a rash of suicide bombings in December that left dozens of Israelis dead.

The Fatah movement, which Arafat chairs, and Islamic Hamas have agreed to stop attacks on Israel in order to "not give Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon an excuse to destroy the Palestinians," said the statement.

Islamic Jihad also announced it would halt activity that could provoke Israeli retaliation.

However, despite agreeing to halt suicide and armed attacks, Fatah's armed wing said it would continue the intifada, or armed struggle, against Israeli military occupation.

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