Hamas, Islamic Jihad Claim Rocket Fire into Israel
[An Nahar] The armed wings of Gazoo's ruling Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, movement and the Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Mohammedan Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
group announced Monday they had fired a series of rockets at Israel, a day after an Israeli air strike that injured 10 people.
"In response to the injury of civilians in the most recent strike on Rafah, the Qassam Brigades and the Al-Quds Brigades fired a number of rockets at enemy military positions," Hamas's Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades armed wing said.
"This blessed operation came in response to continuous and repeated enemy crimes against our defenseless people."
Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP on Monday that a barrage of over 20 rockets hit Israel early Monday, causing very light damage and no injuries.
The remains of "19 rockets were found in the Ofakim area, specifically near the Eshkol regional council. All rockets landed in open areas, and one home was damaged by shrapnel," she said.
In addition, "three rockets were found in the Kerem Shalom area, they caused no injuries or damage," Samri added.
The rocket fire came after an Israeli air strike on the southern Gazoo city of Rafah Sunday evening.
The strike targeted two men belonging to a Salafist thug group, the Israeli military said, accusing the men of being involved in planning attacks on Israelis.
The men were critically maimed in the strike, which also injured eight others, including children.
On Monday morning, Ashraf al-Qidra, front man for the Hamas health ministry in Gazoo, said tank shelling east of the Gazoo city of Khan Yunis had injured three people, including one in a serious condition.
A spokeswoman for the Israeli military confirmed that tanks had shelled Gazoo.
And the army said that "in response to this morning's rocket barrage at southern Israeli communities, the Israeli army targeted Hamas terror activity sites and terrorist squads responsible for the rocket fire from the Gazoo Strip."
It noted that during 2012, "more than 470 rockets were fired from the Gazoo Strip at Israel."
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