IDF strikes Gaza militants about to fire rockets into Israel (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Gili Cohen and Avi Issacharoff 04/08/12)
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Israel Air Force craft attacked Gaza militants just as they were
about to launch rockets into Israel, IDF officials said on Saturday,
with Palestinian sources reported that two were wounded following the
An official at the IDF Spokesman´s Office indicated that the IAF
vessels stuck the launching squad near the southern Strip town of
Gaza health official Adham Abu Salmia said two people were wounded in
The strike came one day after
the leader of the Gaza-based militant group Islamic Jihad said that
his group is adhering to a cease-fire that stopped a barrage of
rockets and air strikes between Israel and the Gaza Strip last month.
Sheik Nafez Azzam said Israeli reports that he had called for an
ongoing struggle against Israel, despite a cease-fire, were mistaken.
We in the Islamic Jihad are committed to the cease-fire," Azzam told
The Associated Press.
He said a firebrand speech calling for ongoing resistance was a
general political statement.
"We are continuing the struggle and the jihad," Azzam said at a Gaza
Strip rally in comments broadcast on Israeli television. "We will not
be broken. We will not surrender. We will not accept the conditions
Israel tries to impose." Azzam said the speech was delivered Thursday.
Israel´s Channel 2 had interpreted the speech as a signal that
Islamic Jihad would continue "operations" against Israel despite the
cease-fire that ended a weeklong exchange of fire in early March
between Israel and Gaza.
Palestinian groups are frequently accused of sending one set of
signals to radical supporters, and another set of signals to the
outside world. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 04/08/12)
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