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“Israel Opening Gates of Hell” by Killing 6 Palestinians in Gaza, W.Bank

26/12/2009 On the first anniversary of the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip that killed more than 1400 Palestinians, including 420 children and injured over 5300 others, Israeli occupation army decided to commemorate its defeat by killing more Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Strip.

Six Palestinians were martyred on Saturday when the Israeli occupation soldiers shot and killed three men belonging to the Fatah-linked Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in pre-dawn raids in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus and three other civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Armed resistance groups in the West Bank and Gaza threatened swift retaliation to the killings in Nablus and to the death of three other Palestinians near Gaza. "The occupation (Israel) is opening the gates to hell," said Abu Mahmoud, a senior al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades commander.

Fatah's armed wing vowed to respond
"in the language of blood and fire."

[exactly what satanist/zionists want,
violent intifada, an excuse to oppress]

Speaking to reporters in the West Bank, Abu Mahmoud threatened that its martyrdom bombers would "turn Israel's night to day" and would avenge the "crime" committed by the occupation forces in Nablus.

Moreover in Gaza, the Popular Resistance Committees also called on all armed resistance groups in the Hamas-ruled territory to respond to the killing of the Palestinians.

The Al-Aqsa Brigades men were identified as Raghsan Abu Sharekh, Anan Subuh, 36, and Raed al-Sarkaji, 38, who was recently released from an Israeli prison after seven years. Sources said al-Sarkaji's wife had been injured during the shootings, adding that the men were killed despite the fact that they did not resist arrest.

Subuh was a member of Fatah's armed wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, but had been granted amnesty by Israel. Family members said the occupation troops entered without warning and killed the men in cold blood, insisting that none had resisted arrest or fired any shots.

Abu Sharekh is the brother of Nayef Abu Sharekh, one of the founders of the Al-Aqsa Brigades who was also killed by the occupation army.

The incident follows the shooting death of an Israeli settler on Thursday when Palestinian gunmen opened fire on his vehicle in the occupied West Bank.

In another incident early Saturday, three Palestinians were killed in an Israeli air strike near the Gaza Strip after they were scavenging for scrap metal near the security fence. Another Palestinian was injured in the incident.

Palestinians reported that shortly after midnight gunfire was heard in the Beit Hanoun and Erez Crossing area and that an Israeli occupation army chopper fired continuously for about an hour near the fence between Gaza and the occupied territories.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad condemned the Israeli operation in the occupied West Bank, calling it a "dangerous escalation."

The Western-backed leader accused Israel of deliberately undermining gains made over the past two years by Palestinian security forces. "This operation represents a dangerous escalation, and can only be seen in the context of targeting the security and stability that the Palestinian Authority has been able to bring about," Fayyad said.

President Mahmoud Abbas's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina slammed both operations. "The Israeli escalation in the West Bank and Gaza and the return to the policy of assassinations and random killings under false pretences reveals that the occupation government has decided to destroy the security and stability of the Palestinian people," he said in a statement.

Israel is trying to "drag our people into a spiral of bloody violence so it can escape the increasing international pressure on it," he added.

The governor of Nablus Jibreel Al-Bakri described what happened in Nablus as a "crime in cold blood." He accused the Israeli government of escalating the violence in Palestine in order to avoid its commitment to the peace process. A spokesperson from the office of the Palestinian president echoed the statement, saying Israel has decided to drag the Palestinian people to violence in order to avoid international pressure for peace.



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