Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

300 West Bank gunmen surrender arms in amnesty

More than 300 West Bank gunmen have surrendered their weapons as part of a weapons amnesty deal with Israel.

The gunmen included in the deal are members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a

violent offshoot of President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement.

After the fall of Gaza to the Islamic militant Hamas in June, Abbas said he would no longer permit militias to operate in the West Bank, a Fatah stronghold.

Hamas, which calls for the destruction of Israel and opposes peace talks, said more than 400 of its activists in the West Bank have been detained since June.

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