GAZA CITY (CNN) # The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades announced Monday it would join militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad in a cease-fire # just hours after claiming responsibility for killing a construction worker in the West Bank.
Leaders of Al Aqsa, a militant offshoot of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement, issued a statement pledging to “desist from all sorts of resistance.”
“In the name of Allah the merciful, with the main interest of the Palestinians foremost in our minds, and in line with the decisions of our leader Yasser Arafat and in order to give the new government [of Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas] every opportunity to succeed, we of the Al Aqsa Martyrs have decided to desist from all sorts of resistance and to stop our actions against the Israelis,” the statement read.
The Fatah movement said Sunday evening that it would stop all military actions against Israel and that the announcement also would apply to Al Aqsa.
But the Al Aqsa fighters who took responsibility for the West Bank shooting said they did not agree with the cease-fire.
Monday’s cease-fire statement from the group did not say whether its members who disagreed with the truce would honor it.
Rescue officials identified the slain construction worker as Christo Radkov, 46, a Bulgarian. He was a driver on a road crew traveling near Jenin.