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Al-Quds Brigade fighter says capturing Israeli soldiers only way to free prisoners

Aug. 22, 2008 7:24 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 22, 2008 7:24 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Capturing Israeli soldiers as a means of resistance is a valid option for all Palestinian armed factions, according to the Al-Quds Brigades.

The armed wing of Islamic Jihad made the statement on Friday during a military training exercise organized by the Brigades where they practiced using light, medium and heavy rifles and explosives. The resistance fighters also practiced breaking into buildings while explosives went off, and practiced drills where soldiers were captured during staged clashes.

One of the resistance fighters who participated in these drills said that "Hizbullah's experience and the experience of the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip of capturing soldiers proved successful in forcing the Israeli government to respond to the demands of the captors."

"More than ten thousand Palestinians are imprisoned in the Israeli," the fighter continued. And when those detained have finished serving their sentences, "they extended the periods of detention. This is a proof," he said, "that resistance is the only thing able to release the detainees, which can be done only through capturing more soldiers and swapping them with the detainees - 30% of whom have been sentenced to life in prison."

About the truce the fighter said that it was "actually unfruitful for the Palestinians," explaining that the conditions in Gaza have not changed, but that "it achieved security for the settlers who are living around the Gaza Strip."

As proof the fighter cited the daily Israeli violations against the Palestinians. The Israeli occupation he continued "went on with the closure of the crossings or partially opening them which caused the shortage of many supplies which were not allowed into the Gaza Strip including fuel and medicine for one and a half million the Palestinians."

The fighter said that he thought it was necessary for all factions within the Gaza Strip to sit down and decide what should be done about the truce.

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