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Sunday, October 30, 2005

NYT: Islamic Jihad's Vow to Cease Rocket Fire Ends Hours Later

Islamic Jihad's Vow to Cease Rocket Fire Ends Hours Later

"Vow" = Hudna?
Published: October 31, 2005
JERUSALEM, Oct. 30 - The Palestinian faction Islamic Jihad said Sunday that it would stop firing rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel, but several hours later it appeared to retract the pledge amid renewed violence.

The initial statement had raised the possibility that a week of violence could be winding down.

Forum: The Middle East
But several hours later, Israeli forces surrounded a house in the northern West Bank village of Qabatiyeh and fatally shot two Islamic Jihad militants, Palestinian witnesses and security officials said. One of those killed, Jihad Zakarne, was believed to have been involved in planning a suicide bombing in Israel last week, The Associated Press reported.

Islamic Jihad had said that its pledge depended on a halt in Israeli military operations. After the Israeli raid, the organization released a statement saying that "after this crime, we reiterate that there will be no security for the residents of Sederot and Ashkelon," two Israeli towns just outside Gaza.

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