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Monday, October 17, 2005


Ma'an speaks with Falcon Brigades leader

EXCLUSIVE: Ma'an speaks with Falcon Brigades leader about Sunday's attack near Gush Etzion
Date : 17/10/2005 Time : 13:45

Bethlehem – Ma'an – In an exclusive interview with the Ma'an News Agency, an active leader of a group aligned with the al-Aqsa Brigades spoke about yesterday's attack at the Gush Etzion junction, which left three Israeli settlers dead and four injured. "Abu Jihad," leader of the Falcon Martyr Brigades' southern contingent, told Ma'an, "We are preparing for suicide bombings in Gush Etzion, and God protects our brigade members who caused settlers and soldiers to be frightened after an attack by armed Palestinians. A suicide bomber will achieve more in another coming attack."

When asked about the white Subaru identified by Israeli intelligence as the vehicle used in the attack, Abu Jihad laughed, saying, "If they can find it, we will give it to them as a gift from the Falcon Brigades."

Ma'an asked Abu-Jihad whether the al-Aqsa Brigades from Gaza or the West Bank were involved in the attacks, and if so, why were the claims being denied by Zakaria Zubaidi, the Brigade's leader in Jenin. Abu Jihad responded, "The Falcon Brigades are part of the al-Aqsa Brigades, and Falcon Brigade members have worked with al-Aqsa since the beginning of the Intifada and are proud of it. But, [Falcons Brigade members] wanted to pursue military activities in the area." He continued, "Zakaria is a close brother and an important leader, but he meant that this attack wasn't from the Jenin Brigades, and he was right, because the attack originated in the south."

Concerning condemnations of the attack from individuals in the al-Aqsa Brigades and other anonymous sources, Abu-Jihad said, "I have no time to talk about those people, they don't want us to resist."

During Ma'an's exclusive interview, Abu-Jihad declared, "We have to stay away these days because Israeli intelligence is looking for us." He promised to give critical details of the attack in a future interview.

As a final question, Ma'an asked whether the leader was worried about being killed as Israeli forces are putting strict closures into place and are considering military incursions into Bethlehem and Hebron areas. Abu-Jihad responded, "I told you, I am looking at death, I am going to death by myself and I don't want to think about it. Death is welcomed."


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