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Militants OK Truce at Arafat Standoff

Palestinian militants detained after they refused an order to leave Yasser Arafat’s Ramallah compound will be released, a leader of the detained militants said Sunday. Kamal Ghanam, a leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, said the militants would be allowed to remain and would agree to uphold a truce halting attacks on Israelis. The 17 militants had been held at gunpoint in one of the compound’s rooms since early Saturday, when they refused a request from Arafat to move to the quiet West Bank town of Jericho, Ghanam said. He said that under a deal negotiated between the Palestinian leadership and Israel with U.S. mediation, the militants would be allowed to remain at the compound provided they had contact only with their families and refrained from violence. Full Story

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