The Aqsa Martyrs brigades, the armed wing of the ruling Fatah party declared that they are still committed to the calm declared by the Palestinian factions in the Cairo talks two months ago.

This comment came following the Palestinian Authority’s arrest of two of the Aqsa brigades in the Gaza Strip on Friday, for firing some shells at the Gush Qatif settlement bloc.

Abu Abdullah, spokesman of the brigades, said, ‘it is Hussein Obayyat Unit who carried out this operation that aims to put an end to the settlers acts who blocked the main roads two days ago in front of the Palestinian passengers.’

He confirmed the commitment of the brigades to the calm saying what they did is not a violation.

‘Shelling the Gaza Strip settlements does not constitute a violation of the calm, we do not attack Israeli targets inside the green line,’ Abu Abdullah said.

PA arrests two in Gaza over truce violations

The Palestinian Authority security forces have arrested two resistance operatives suspected of violating the truce by taking part in rocket and mortar attacks on Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian security source said on Friday.

The arrests took place following Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ order to use force, if necessary to enforce the truce.

The two, who are members of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of the Fatah movement, were arrested on Thursday in Gaza.

Several members of the Brigades protested outside Abbas’ residence Thursday night to demand the release of their colleagues, Al Jazeera TV network reported. 

‘Palestinian Authority security forces have been holding two of our members since yesterday. We urge the Palestinian Authority and Abbas to release our two fighters.’ A spokesman for al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said Friday.