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Hamas recruits women terrorists and plans new training site in destroyed Jewish towns

September 8, 2005

Female recruits trained by Hamas in the Gaza Strip in a photo from the Hamas Web site

Gaza women join Hamas fighters

Khaled Abu Toameh, THE JERUSALEM POST Aug. 21, 2005

Hamas revealed over the weekend that dozens of women in the Gaza Strip have joined its armed wing, Izzaddin Kassam, and were preparing to carry out attacks on Israel.

Pictures posted on the Hamas-affiliated Palestine Information Center Web site showed masked women, dressed in military fatigues and armed with Kalashnikov rifles and pistols, receiving training at a secret location in the Gaza Strip.

According to Hamas, the women were being trained in planting roadside bombs, firing rockets and mortars and infiltrating Jewish settlements.

"Jihad has been imposed on all Muslims, males and females alike," one of the women explained. "This is particularly true in Palestine, and here we are obeying the call for jihad. We have the honor to compete with men in the jihad."

Some of the women said they were married and had children. "Our husbands know that we are members of Izzaddin Kassam," said one.

"As for those who are not married, their brothers and fathers know about their activities. The husbands and brothers of most of the women are also members of the armed wing of Hamas."

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