Hamas refuses to laud Jerusalem rampage
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Special report: Palestine-Israel Relations

    GAZA, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Islamic Hamas movement on Wednesday refused to extend praise to a Jerusalem rampage that led to the death of several Israelis as what the Islamic Jihad movement did.

    Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip, said his movement had no information about the reasons that motivated a Palestinian bulldozer driver to hit cars and bus in Jerusalem.

    Abu Zuhri, however, said if the attack was politically motivated, "then it will be a natural result of the continuation of the Israeli aggression against our people in West Bank and Gaza Strip."

    Three Israelis, in addition to the Palestinian driver, were killed in the attack and more than 35 people wounded, said Israeli sources.

    Hamas and Israel have been in a state of ceasefire in the Gaza Strip since June 19. According to the Egyptian-brokered deal, Israel stops its attacks in the Hamas-controlled territory and has also to ease the siege it imposes on Gaza, while Palestinians halt rocket attacks against Israeli communities near Gaza.

    The West Bank stays out of the ceasefire at the current stage.

    Meanwhile, the Islamic Jihad (Holy War), a small Palestinian faction in Gaza, expressed welcome to the attack, saying it was a natural response to Israeli military actions.

    "The enemy has to expect more attacks if it kept the occupation and the aggression against our land and people," the movement said in a statement.

    "If the occupation thought that Gaza lull will enable it to move free in West Bank, we say this is illusion," the statement added. 

Editor: Wang Yan
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