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Al-Qassam Brigades: All armed factions will meet in Gaza to discuss truce

Nov. 30, 2008 3:30 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 30, 2008 3:30 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - The Al-Qassam Brigades have called an all-factions meeting in Gaza in advance of the 18 December expiration of the truce between the factions and Israel.

The truce, although still in-force on paper, has been violated dozens of times over the past month and several factions have declared the agreement defunct.

Regardless of the daily projectile firings and maintained closure of the Gaza Strip crossings - measures the truce sought to halt - the Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, has called parties together to "identify a clear and unified attitude towards it."

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum said the proposed meeting will consider points: the ongoing Israeli violations of the terms of the truce and continued blockade; the necessity for a national consensus on any decision taken regarding truce; Palestinians' interests and; the input of all concerned sides especially Egypt, who initially brokered the agreement.

Barhoum said Israel had shown its disregard for the terms of the truce by keeping a tight rein on the extent to which crossings into Gaza were opened. He also said that Israel was the primary beneficiary of the truce since factions halted projectile launches for most of the truce.

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