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Al-Aqsa Brigades leader sees little point in Palestinian truce

Seated in the courtyard of a house in the Palestinian refugee camp of Jenin, local leader Zacharia Zubeidi insists there is no question of the militant Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades suspending attacks on Israeli targets. “What is the point of this ‘hudna’ (Arabic for truce) if the Israeli army continues to kill our people?” demanded Zubeidi. He was speaking to AFP after one of the group’s members was shot dead late Wednesday southwest of Jenin in a gunfight with Israeli troops. Another local leader was wounded and captured in the clash. Zubeidi, in his mid-20s, bears the scars of injuries he says he suffered at the hands of the Israeli army during bitter clashes in Jenin in April last year. His name and face are well known to the Israeli authorities. He presents himself as the leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades for the northern West Bank. The group is an offshoot of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement but Zubeidi himself described his organisation as the military wing of the mainstream faction. Full Story

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