Fatah warns Israel over Aqsa mosque

April 8, 2005 at 11:51 AM
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GAZA, April 8 (UPI) -- Fatah's al-Aqsa Brigades warned of a "convulsive retaliation" in the event of a threatened attack on Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque by anti-pullout Jews.

Palestinian groups have been calling for protests and demonstrations to press for the protection of al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest shrine, following reports Jewish extremists planned a raid to disrupt Israel's planned withdrawal from Gaza.

Spokesman Abu Mohammed told a news conference in Gaza Friday even an attempted attack on the mosque would free the Brigades "of the commitments made to the Palestinian Authority" on ceasing hostilities with Israel.

The masked spokesman, flanked by four masked gunmen vowed retaliation would be "convulsive like an earthquake."

"Our military cells will then resume operations in all occupied territories," including Israel itself, he said.

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