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Archive for April, 2010

‘Kashmir settlement imperative for peace in South Asia’

Srinagar, April 30 (KMS): The Grand Mufti of occupied Kashmir, Mufti Bashir-ud-din, has said that settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people is a must for peace in South Asia.

Mufti Bashir-ud-din in a statement issued in Srinagar deplored that thousands of Kashmir people had been subjected to enforced disappearance, people irrespective of age and sex were being killed by the troopers and thousands of youth were languishing in jail. He maintained that it was the responsibility of Kashmiri people to protest against such acts.

The Grand Mufti said that civil disobedience movement would be launched against the puppet administration and its policies if it failed to end human rights violations in the occupied territory.

Source: Kashmir Media Service.

Link: http://www.kmsnews.org/news/%E2%80%98kashmir-settlement-imperative-peace-south-asia%E2%80%99.

Gilani urges OIC to help resolve Kashmir dispute

Srinagar, April 30 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has urged the Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu to help resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations.

Syed Ali Gilani in a letter addressed to the OIC Secretary General and sent to the member countries said, “The people of Jammu and Kashmir have been struggling for the right to self-determination promised to them through 18 resolutions adopted by the United Nations.” He maintained that India, despite its commitments before the international community, had been denying this right to people of occupied Kashmir. He added that it was the moral, political and religious obligations of the OIC to impress upon India to allow Kashmiris to exercise their right to self-determination.

The letter said, the people of Jammu and Kashmir appeal to the civilized world especially the Muslim countries to play role and impress upon India to settle the dispute by granting right to self-determination to the people through referendum under the auspices of the UN.

“More than 100,000 Kashmiris have been killed in indiscriminate firing, over 10,000 have been killed in custody, around 12,000 people have been disappeared in custody, thousands of people have been imprisoned and 100,000 children have been orphaned,” the letter added.

Syed Ali Gilani wrote that the Indian judicial system had become anti-Muslim and anti-Kashmiris while people were being sentenced to death or life in fabricated cases.

Source: Kashmir Media Service.

Link: http://www.kmsnews.org/news/gilani-urges-oic-help-resolve-kashmir-dispute.

Islamic Army in Afghanistan Operations (April 29 2010)

Islamic Army in Khorasan Operations (April 29 2010)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

All Praise and thanks are due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists and may peace and prayers be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, companions in entirety.

* Mujahideen Shot down American invaders UAV or drone in Baghlan. Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate on Wednesday (April 28) shot down a U.S invaders unmanned aerial vehicle or a pilotless spy plane in the central Baghlan district of the province of the same name, Mujahideen official said. The U.S drone fell down on the ground smashing into pieces the wreckage of which is still lying scattered across the area, said local resident. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 20 invaders and puppet terrorists killed in a martyrdom operation in Laghman. At least 20 invaders and puppet Afghan terrorists were killed in a martyr bomb attack that targeted a combined patrol of U.S-NATO invaders and puppet Afghan forces, carried out by a lone brave Mujahid of the Islamic Emirate, Qari Muhammad Ibrahim, in Laghman’s Alishang district, on Thursday morning (April 29). The report adds a tank and vehicle were fully destroyed in the attack. Witnesses saw a lone man getting closer to the area where minutes earlier a U.S-NATO invaders patrol convoy of tanks and vehicles approached and halted and then they heard huge explosion followed by a thick gray-black clouds of smoke rising from the area. Another witness, on the condition of anonymity, said he saw the dead bodies of the foreigners being transported from the site of the explosion. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* More than 20 puppet Police terrorists Killed in Khulbisat. April 28 Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, wearing army uniform entered the Khulbisat bazaar despite the tight security and checkpoints erected by the internal puppet army and invaders terrorists. After half an hour waiting, they ambushed a group of puppet police men when they came out of the building of the Campaign, heading to the bazaar. As a result of a successful attack, Mujahideen killed twenty police men including two commanders. Eyewitnesses say, their dead bodies are still lying in the site of the attack. One Mujahid has been martyred in the clash while another injured. Five Mujahideen retreated from the area safely, using a tactical exit way. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 2 American invaders Tanks Destroyed in Zurmat. April 28, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed a military convoy of the American invading troops in Shah Kum Khel area of Sahak in Zurmat district. The enemy was patrolling the area when the Mujahideen attacked them. According to the details, two tanks of the enemy were destroyed after being hit by rocket-propelled grenades while 4 American terrorists were killed and five others injured. The Mujahideen also killed two other American terrorists and wounded three others as they were racing to the site of the first attack. According to the report, this armed clash continued for half an hour in which one Mujahid received slight injury. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Mujahideen missiles hit Tarin Kowt airfield. The airfield which is situated in the Tarin Kowt city, the capital of Zabul province, has been built by the U.S invaders recently, came under missile strikes yesterday (April 28). Some missile struck the airfield causing the enemy losses of life and injures besides severe damages, local Mujahideen said. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 3 dead, 2 injured as puppet police vehicle hits mine blast in Nangarhar. At least 3 puppet police terrorists including an officer were killed and 2 were hurt Wednesday evening when their patrol vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in khugiano district of Nangarhar province. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Blast in Zabul kills 4 puppet terrorists. About 4 puppet police terrorists were killed and one got hurt in Zabul’s Shajowi district on Thursday morning (April 29) as their military vehicle struck a planted on the Kabul-Kandahar highway. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf


* NATO invaders logistical convoy attacked in Baghlan. Apr 29 – The attack was carried out Wednesday evening on the convoy carrying logistical supplies to U.S and NATO invaders forces while traveling along the road leading to Mazar-e-Sharif, in the province’s Pol-e-Khumari district, according to the report from the province, two of the vehicle packed with logistical stuff were hit by Mujahideen’ rockets with the latter captured by Mujahideen and taken to their center. The report adds the security guards escorting the convoy have taken losses of life and injuries, while there are no more details on the exact number of their fatalities and casualties yet. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 5 puppet army terrorists Killed in Khost. April 28, five puppet army terrorists lost their lives when a planted mine exploded in Matta Chena, 3 kilometers to the west of the provincial center. According to the report, the puppet army terrorists were searching people houses when the incident took place. Three terrorists were killed in the blast and two others injured. A military officer is among those killed in the explosion. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* American armored invaders Tank Blown up in Paktika. April 28, a planted mine on the main road of Waza Khwa district in Woot area, 3 kilometer to the north of the district center, exploded, destroying an American military tank. According to the report, a mobile patrol party of the invading enemy was passing the area when the mine was detonated by Mujahideen with the help of a remotely controlled device. Six terrorists on board are reported to have been killed including a female terrorists who was among the dead. In another incident, Mujahideen attacked a security outpost of the puppet Kabul regime near Sharana city, killing two puppet police terrorists and injuring others. Also, as a result of a mine explosion in Kharuto market in Sharana, the hireling police men of the surrogate regime took heavy casualties. However, details are still awaited. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


Source: Theunjustmedia.

Link: http://theunjustmedia.com/Afghanistan/Mujahideen%20operations/April2010/29-04-10.htm.

Islamic State of Iraq: Media lie about circumstances of martyrdom of al-Baghdadi and al-Masri

27 April 2010

A statement issued for the Islamic Ummah by the Ministry of Religious Committees of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), signed by the Minister of ISI (Minister of Religious Committees of the Islamic State of Iraq) Abul-Waleed Abdul-Wahhab Al-Mash’hadani about the martyrdom of ISI’s head Emir-ul-Mu’minin Abu Umar al-Baghdadi and a war minister if ISI Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Muhajir (al-Masri), has been posted on the Internet. The statement says inter alia:

“We also comfort the people of truth amongst the Muslims, east and west, especially the leaders and scholars of Jihad in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Arabian Peninsula, Somalia, the Islamic Maghreb, and Al-Sham, and we will never forget the delight of our eyes in the honorable and defiant Caucasus, and also the Philippines, Indonesia and Nigeria.

We comfort them by informing them that the leadership of the Islamic State of Iraq, Allah willing, is in strong and trustworthy hands, and its affairs have been decided and are under control.

As for the details of this event, those who have taken lies as their religion have indeed lied once again. The Crusaders and their slaves vie with each other to portray the event to their own advantage. The truth of the matter is that the Leader of the Believers, may Allah have mercy on him, had arrived at a guesthouse in the area. He was receiving some guests to decide on some matters of the State.

The Prime Minister, Abu Hamzah Al-Muhajir had also attended. When the invading forces arrived, the defense squad engaged them in a firefight, forcing them to retreat.

They did not dare to enter the area again, and they never set foot in the area until the cowards carried out air strikes against various targets, from them the guesthouse. After they were sure that it was totally destroyed and that all those in it had been killed, they were surprised to find the two Sheikhs from amongst the killed. This is their habitude: they are more ignoble and base than to confront the people of Tawheed like men, how could they confront the brave Sheikh, the Leader of the Believers, [Abu Umar] Al-Qureishi Al-Baghdadi and the Lion of Islam, Abu Hamzah Al-Muhajir?”

It is to be mentioned that Western media are acting rather slyly and subtly. They use biased brief summaries, full of hatred towards Islam, of statements, fabricated by an anti-Islamic structure SITE Intelligence Group in Washington D.C., led by a certain Rita Katz, and pretend that they are unable to read the original text in Arabic, like the Kavkaz Center reads.

In her biased summary, Rita Katz, of course, omits all contents, which is politically incorrect for the west. But Rita Katz is nobody and nothing but Rita Katz, and not esteemed media. So at the end, nobody happens to be responsible for the lies. Ordinary consumers of Western media do not surely notice such subtleties.

In this case, however, it is not the “summary” fabricated by Rita Katz that has been refuted, but Western media reports referring to occupiers dated 18 April that in a sudden air strike, they managed to kill the leaders of ISI, without any reference to the previous battle, in which “crusaders and their puppet Shiite sectarians were defeated”.

It is also to be mentioned that al-Masri (Hamzah al-Muhajir) was not an outside figure fighting on behalf of al-Qaeda in Iraq. He was the official war minister in the government of the Islamic State of Iraq.

Department of Monitoring

Kavkaz Center

Source: Kavkaz Center.

Link: http://kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2010/04/27/11961.shtml.

Islamic Army Khorasan Operations (April 28 2010)

Islamic Army Khorasan Operations (April 28 2010)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

All Praise and thanks are due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists and may peace and prayers be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, companions in entirety.

* 6 U.S invading terrorists killed and a tank blown apart in Zabul. A remote-controlled bomb killed at least 6 terrorists of American evil forces Wednesday afternoon (April 28) as it hit and destroyed an armored tank of the enemy while traveling in convoy in Shinki district of Zabul province. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf


* Member of puppet district council killed in Kandahar. Haji Abd-ur-Raham, a member of the puppet district council of Arghandab district got killed Wednesday morning as he came under a guerrilla attack by two Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate riding a motorcycle. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf


* Canadian invaders tank blown up by roadside mine blast in Kandahar. An armored tank of the Canadian invaders got hit and and heavily damaged in a mine explosion Wednesday (April 28) while it was crossing a bridge in Zhari district of Kandahar province. According to the report, the tank was left ablaze killing or wounding all the Canadians whose corpses have been evacuated by the helicopter right after the incident. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf


* Mujahideen fight puppet police force in Ghazni. Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in a face-to-face fighting with the puppet Afghan police force, killed one terrorist and hurt two others in the province’s Giro district, on Wednesday noon. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* French invaders tank blown apart by blast in Kapisa. On later Wednesday, one of the military tanks of the French cowardly terrorists got hit and destroyed in a Mujahideen homemade bomb attack in Tagab district of Kapisa province. According to the report, the dead and wounded caused by mine blast in the struck tank were evacuated by the helicopter from the site, while the wreckage of the struck tank remained at the site till the afternoon of the day. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Regional puppet commander of Afghan militia killed in Kapisa. Munawar Khan, a regional commander of puppet militia got killed in an attack by Mujahideen in Tagab, Kapisa province Tuesday night, said local Mujahideen. The puppet commander, who comes from the same district, is said to have been involved in the martyrdom in capture of a number of Mujahideen. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Blast in Zabul kills 4 American invading terrorists and destroyed a tank. At least 4 American invading terrorists were killed Wednesday (April 28) as their tank got torn apart by a Mujahideen’s homemade bomb in the Shinki district of Zabul province. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf


* 1 puppet terrorist killed, 1 wounded in Blast in Wardag. The detonation occurred as puppet army terrorists were on mine clearing mission as a mine planted under the bridge on Kabul-Kandahar highway went off killing one puppet terrorists and wounded another one in Wardag’s Sayedabad district yesterday. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Mujahideen in Baghlan kill 2 puppet police terrorists. Apr. 28 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in an encounter with the puppet police patrol in Zard Asman area of Jargah district of Baghlan province, killed 2 terrorists and wounded another two. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 2 invaders fuel trucks torched in Kunar. Apr. 28 – A logistical convoy carrying fuel and other stuff to the U.S cowardly invaders came under Mujahideen attack Wednesday in Kunar’s Noorgal district. According to the report, the security guards escorting the convoy escaped from the site when coming under attack leaving the convoy behind, as a result, two the convoy’s fuel trucks were burned down by Mujahideen, while the drivers were taken as captives. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* PRT base comes under attack in Ghazni. On early Wednesday a missiles struck took place on the PRT base in Ghazni’s Gailan district, causing the enemy severe losses and damages, while there are no further reports to determine the death and injury toll. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Puppet Police station comes under attack in Kunar. Some five puppet terrorists were killed yesterday night (April 28) as Mujahideen attacked a puppet police station in Shigal district of Kunar province, local Mujahideen said. The report adds one of the Mujahideen has embraced martyrdom with another wounded in this operation that lasted for about a half an hour. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* U.S-NATO invaders and puppet Afghan forces receive deadly losses in Helmand. The puppet army terrorists took losses of life and injuries in clash with Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate in Helmand’s Gerishk district yesterday night, but it is not clear how may were dead or injured during the fighting. In the morning hours of April 28 (today), about 3 terrorists were killed and two others wounded in a one-hour long encounter with Mujahideen in the same district of Helmand province.

In another report from Helmand province, a truck loaded with drums full of fuel got torched by Mujahideen in the province’s Nawa district yesterday.

Separately, Mujahideen killed two invaders coalition terrorists and wounded another two in an attack on the foot patrol of the enemy in Marjah district of the province, on Wednesday evening. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf


Source: Theunjustmedia.

Link: http://theunjustmedia.com/Afghanistan/Mujahideen%20operations/April2010/28-04-10.htm.

Islamic Army in Khorasan Operations (April 27 2010)

Islamic Army in Khorasan Operations (April 27 2010)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

All Praise and thanks are due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists and may peace and prayers be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, companions in entirety.

* 15 terrorists dead, 50 wounded in Mujahideen’s face-to-face and martyr attacks in Kandahar. A group of three martyr attackers of Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, in a two-hour long attack on the Humayun Supreme center, a largest contract company safeguarding, exporting and supplying logistics for the U.S-NATO invaders in Kandahar province, situated at a distance about one and a half kilometer away from Kandahar airbase, killed about 15 special guards of the company as well as wounding some 50 more on early Tuesday night (April 27).

According to the details, the group of three brave martyrdom-seeking Mujahideen armed with heavy and small arms and explosive vests along with hand grenades, got into the center and started fighting the special guards using heavy and small arms followed by a martyr bomb attack which was carried out by Idrees, a heroic Mujahid, while the other two of the group of three made a safe return following this heroic operation.

The report adds 12 oil tankers have been burned down during the operation in addition to the stated fatalities and casualties. The deadly incident comes as General Stanley McChrystal has repeatedly declared operation Omaid (hope) against Kandahar province for the past few days, for which Mujahideen have not only proved to be prepared but are also able to defend and make the U.S-NATO cowardly evils face a shameful defeat. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

* 12 U.S and British invaders military tanks destroyed in Helmand. Two of the British invaders military tanks were destroyed in separate bombings in Sangin district of Helmand province, one of which was hit yesterday night (April 26), while the latter was struck on Tuesday noon (today).

In the morning hours of April 27, a U.S invaders tank got hit and eliminated by a mine blast in the province’s Washir district. Also Tuesday, one of the U.S-led invaders coalitions’ tanks was destroyed in the bombing in Musa Kala district of the province, where as a tank of the coalitions’ got struck and destroyed yesterday evening elsewhere in this district. The number of the U.S invaders tanks struck and eliminated by bombings in Helmand’s different provinces has hit 12 over the past 24 hours. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

* Frenzy fighting ongoing near Kandahar airfield, so far 25 puppet terrorists killed. There is a recent report from Kandahar province that Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate attacked the base of special security guards of U.S-NATO’s invaders logistical supplies near Kandahar airfield, carrying out a missive detonation followed by heavy and small arms attacks on the enemy in the night hours of Tuesday (now), in which as many as 25 puppet special security terrorists have been killed so far.

Deadly clashes break out in Marjah district American invading terrorists have sustained deadly losses and severe damages in the clashes with the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate in different parts of Marjah district of Helmand province through much of Tuesday (April 27). Local Mujahideen said it is, so far, unclear how many American evils have been killed or injured in the fighting. The use of heavy arms by the U.S cowards have caused civilian casualties and damages, said local residents. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

* U.S invaders combat patrol attacked in Parwan. At least 3 American invading terrorists killed and one was badly hurt yesterday (April 26) as their tank was hit by rockets after a U.S invaders patrol convoy of tanks came under an ambush attack by Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate in Koi Safi district of Parwan province. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid

* Mujahideen kill 6 puppet police terrorists in Zabul. Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in an attack on a patrol local police yesterday night (April 26), killed some 6 terrorists as their vehicle got hit by Mujahideen’s RPG’s in Shinki district of Zabul province. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

* Enemy take deadly losses in Zabul blasts. A landmine blast hit a vehicle of puppet police force in the provincial capital of Zabul province, destroying the enemy’s vehicle and killing some top-level police officers, on Tuesday morning, Apr, 27, 2010.

Likewise, at least 4 puppet police terrorists along with an officer got killed elsewhere in this city as their vehicle was hit by a roadside mine explosion in the morning hours of the day. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

* Puppet Provincial Governor’s vehicle struck by blast in Zabul. At least 6 security guards escorting the puppet provincial Governor were killed as their vehicle was hit by a remote-controlled-bomb blast in Zabul’s Shajowi district on Tuesday afternoon. Separately, as many as 13 puppet police terrorists were killed elsewhere in this district as two of the police vehicles were blown apart by remote-controlled bomb blasts.

According to the report from this province, the incident took place as the Governor along with his security guards were on their way to a place where a meeting of government officials was to be held regarding the Mujahideen’s growing attacks and their newly-launched operations against the U.S-NATO invaders and puppet Afghan police and army in this province, in which the Governor and the government officials were to participate in order to bolster the lost moral of the enemy based in this province. The report adds the Governor, to avoid more possible incidents, put off joining the meeting and got back to the provincial capital. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

* American invaders tank torn apart by mine blast in Helmand. A roadside mine blast in Helmand’s Nad Ali district hit and destroyed one of the U.S invaders tanks traveling in convoy heading for Marjah district from the Shorab airfield, killing all the American terrorists on board. The dead have been airlifted by the U.S helicopter from the site of blast, while the struck tanks has been left behind in the area. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

* Blast in Ghazni kills 6 Polish invading terrorist. Some 6 Polish invading terrorists were killed in landmine mine containing about 50 kg explosives in the Khugianu district of Ghazni province, as it set off under one of polish tanks on Tuesday morning (April 27). Local Mujahideen say, the tank was fully destroyed in the Mujahideen homemade bomb which is one of the deadliest bombs its kind. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid

* Landmine in Kandahar kills 3 American invading terrorists, wounds 5. A landmine mine planted by Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate during an attack on a U.S invaders military base in Kandahar’s Arghandab district, tore through a group of American cowardly terrorists killing 3 Americans besides wounding 5 who, minutes after the attack, approached the site to chase those who had attacked their base, yesterday night (April 26), Mujahideen officials said. According to locals, the blast was so powerful that it threw the mutilated parts of the bodies of the soldiers across the area. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf

* Missiles strike Jalalabad city. Two of the missiles hit the Jalalabad Qasar (palace) Monday night, causing the enemy losses of life and injuries in Jalalabad city , the capital of Nangarhar province. A number of puppet Afghan and invaders top-level officials are said to have been present during the missile attack on the palace, but there are no further reports to confirm if any one has been killed or injured. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid

* Blast rocks Jalalabad city. An explosion took place outside the building of meeting hall in Jalalabad city of Nangarhar province Monday night, damaging the building, where as no losses of life and injures have been reported so far. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid

* French invading terrorists attacked in Kabul. The French invading terrorists came under Mujahideen attack while they were on an attack mission against Mujahideen in Mujahideen-controlled areas in Sarubi district of Kabul province, on Monday (April 26). According to the report, after two-hour long resistance against Mujahideen, the enemy were made to escape from the area. It is, so far, unclear how many French invaders have been killed or injured during the fighting. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid

* 2 puppet lieutenants along with 10 terrorists killed in Kunduz battle. Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, during the clashes with joint puppet army-militia terrorists in Dashti Archi district and Sahrwan and Gul Tarash areas of Kunduz province, killed about 10 terrorists along with commander Siddqu and Khudia Qul, two lieutenants, and wounded 7 more in the afternoon hours of Monday, Apr. 26, 2010. According to local Mujahideen from the area, three of the Mujahideen have sustained injures during the confrontations. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid

Source: Theunjustmedia.

Link: http://theunjustmedia.com/Afghanistan/Mujahideen%20operations/April2010/27-04-10.htm.

PA bans trade in settler-made goods

The Palestinian Authority has prohibited buying and selling commodities produced by Israelis living in the occupied territories.

Acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas on Monday “issued a law banning trade in goods made in settlements,” Abbas’ legal adviser Hassan al-Awri said in comments quoted by Reuters on Monday.

Tel Aviv continues to defy the international community’s call for a halt to the illegal settlement construction in the West Bank, which Israel occupied in 1967 and later annexed.

The Palestinians have made the enforcement of a permanent and complete freeze on settlement expansion in the entire occupied territories a condition for the resumption of talks with Israel.

The stalemate resulting from the Israeli intransigence was compounded by Israel’s December 2008-January 2009 offensive against the Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of more than 1,400 Palestinians.

“There is an international consensus that the settlements are illegal and therefore it is unacceptable to support them,” Abbas’ aide added.

The trade ban is meant to rid Palestinian markets of goods made by settlers. It is also hoped to encourage the 27-member European Union to likewise prohibit trade with enterprises based in the settlements.

Al-Awri said violators of the restrictions would face jail terms and fines.

Source: PressTV.

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=124548&sectionid=351020202.

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