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Al-Aqsa Brigades opts out of truce after Palestinians arrest militants

The hardline Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades group ended its truce on anti-Israeli attacks after Palestinian security forces arrested 20 militants in Yasser Arafat’s headquarters. The announcement, which could re-ignite the violence in the region, came as Israel made it clear it was not planning to change its controversial policy to isolate Arafat. “We have ordered the resumption everywhere of our attacks and in particular suicide operations,” the Brigades said in a statement distributed in several West Bank towns. The group blamed the arrests on individuals “collaborating” with Israel. “The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades will strike with an iron fist all those who carry out Zionist and American plans.” At least 14 of those arrested on Saturday were members of the Brigades, which is linked to Arafat’s mainstream Fatah movement, a spokesman for the group told AFP. Full Story

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