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Al-Aqsa Brigades present new rocket

Members of Fatah's armed wing parade in Nablus to show off new Jund Allah 1 rocket; activists: 'If Israel attacks, rockets will be fired at Israeli targets'

As the fragile ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians goes into its third day, dozens of members of the of the Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade gathered in Nablus for a military parade showing off what they say is the new and improved rockets of the organization in the West Bank.


The activists claimed that the rocket is a new model called Jund Allah 1, and it will be operational soon to be launched at Israeli targets. The Brigades clarified that in case of an Israeli escalation, the rockets will land in a short time in Israel.


However, senior commanders within the organization told Ynet that the cell which displayed the rockets does indeed belong to the organization, but there has not been a decision yet whether to restart the rocket fire towards Israel. According to one of the commanders, the group consists of young activists who are looking to prove themselves, to claim credit and to make themselves noticed.


"But from here to actual fire, the distance is long," he said.  


In the meantime, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh left the confines of Palestinian territories for the first time since his election into office. Haniyeh left for meeting with neighboring countries and will visit Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.


Haniyeh left Gaza through the Rafah crossing, but due to coordination problems with Israel, he was held up for about four hours before allowed to cross into Sinai with his entourage. Before his departure, Haniyeh said that the purpose of the visit is to strengthen the relations with the Arab states and to ask for assistance from them due to the international sanctions.


פרסום ראשון: 11.28.06, 18:37
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