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Hamas condemns Norway attacks

July 24, 2011 10:25 P.M. (Updated: July 26, 2011 11:06 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas on Saturday condemned the attacks in Norway that killed over 90 people, a statement posted on a website affiliated with the Islamist movement said.

"Hamas is saddened by the terrible attacks which occurred in Norway," the statement said.

"We ... denounce these heinous crimes and we stand behind the people of Norway and the families who lost members and friends at this difficult time, wishing a speedy recovery to the injured," the Hamas website said.

These attacks show the danger of "extremist tendencies" directed against Islam, "this time taking the form of an attack on a youth camp that hosted solidarity events with the Palestinian people," the statement said.

Hamas also pointed to an incitement campaign led by Israel and the US and urged both countries to stop attacks "against the Palestinian people and against those who show solidarity with the Palestinians."

On Saturday, Fatah's youth movement also condemned the attacks.

"It is with consternation that we have received the dramatic news of an awful terrorist attack against a summer camp ran by our comrades of Norwegian Labor Youth 'AUF,'" a statement from the group said.

Fatah Youth had taken part in the summer camp in the past on the island of Utoya, near Oslo, where the attacker launched a shooting spree on the island and a bomb attack in the city on Friday.

"Fatah Youth declares its consternation about the terror attack. There are no words to describe an attack against people that have been our comrades in our struggle for freedom and independence."

The statement added: "We hope that those responsible for this criminal terror attack will be brought to justice. Such sick minds should not have a place in any society."
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