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Qureia meets militants

Last updated: 2004-06-13

Ahmed Qureia

Ahmed Qureia

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia has held rare talks with leaders of Palestinian militant factions in Gaza, ahead of a possible Israeli pullout from the occupied territory.

There was no immediate word on the outcome of Mr. Qureia's talks with the militant leaders.

But before the meeting, a senior Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar, told reporters that his group would not make any commitment to ease attacks on Israelis after a withdrawal from Gaza. He said resistance would continue until Israel withdraws from all the territory it occupies.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's controversial disengagement plan calls for a full withdrawal from Gaza, but only a partial pullout from the West Bank.

Story supplied by: VOAnews