Photo: Amir Cohen
"Rockets becoming more accurate, deadlier"
Photo: Amir Cohen
Photo: Amir Cohen
Evacuating wounded in Sderot on Wednesday
Photo: Amir Cohen
Gaza: Make Israelis taste the pain of Palestinians
Hamas and Islamic Jihad both claim responsibility for deadly barrage which originated from Beit Hanoun, which was hit with an errant shell last week. All Gaza groups promise: This is just the beginning
Palestinian terror groups are celebrating the lethal rocket attack in Sderot on Wednesday. The Islamic Jihad was quick to claim responsibility for the barrage, launched – of course - from Beit Hanoun where the IDF recently completed operation Autumn Clouds. The operation, meant to reduce the number of rockets fired at Israel from the area, was immediately followed by an errant shell which hit a house in the town. 


The Islamic Jihad announcement said that "organization fighters fired two sophisticated Quds rockets at a mid-range." The organization reported that its members returned to their bases in peace and that the firing was carried out in the framework of the "continued revenge for the occupation's massacre in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank."


The organization called on all Palestinian groups to increase their efforts to attack Israelis.


But the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas, also claimed responsibility for the rocket firing at Sderot.


Hamas' announcement said, "The organization's fighters carried out the firing of the two sophisticated rockets." It was reported that "the firing is part of the continued firing by the organization's fighters as an initial response to the massacre and crimes of the Israeli occupation."


And what about Fatah? Abu Ahmed, a senior member of the al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigades, welcomed the rockets and announced that all the talks of calm would not change the intent of the organizations. "We are determined to make Israelis taste the pain our people have tasted. They must understand that we are one people and that Gaza will not calm down," he says, "every day we prove that the rockets are becoming more accurate and more deadly."


On Tuesday Shin Bet Chief Yuval Diskin warned the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the extent of arms smuggling in Gaza at the moment should serve as a "red light" – and that the road to a wide-scale confrontation is shorter than ever.


פרסום ראשון: 11.15.06, 10:33
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