Hard-line Iranian Group Registers Volunteers to Fight in Gaza

An influential Iranian group of conservative clerics has begun registering volunteers to fight against Israel in response to the overwhelming Israeli assault against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip that has left hundreds dead since Saturday.

Masked Palestinian militants stand next to burning tires creating smoke to block Israeli aircrafts' view, during an Israeli army operation in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An influential Iranian group of conservative clerics has begun registering volunteers to fight against Israel in response to the overwhelming Israeli assault against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip that has left hundreds dead since Saturday.

The political-religious group, the Combatant Clergy Society
(Jame-e-Roohaniat-e-Mobarez) used its Web site to suggest three
ways of fighting Israel, going to fight, making donations and generating publicity. The group said the registration, which began
Monday, will continue for a week.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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