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Palestinian faction launches makeshift rocket at Israel
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09:12, February 14, 2008

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Saraya al-Quds, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad (Holy War) movement, claimed responsibility on Wednesday for launching a homemade rocket from Gaza at southern Israel.

The group said in a leaflet that its militants fired one homemade "Quds (Jerusalem)" rocket from Gaza at Israel's coastal town of Ashkelon, adding that the militants fired the rocket and returned to Gaza safely.

"This rocket attack is a response to the daily Israeli crimes carried out against our people, and to prove that resistance against the occupation would never stop," the group said.

Meanwhile, the group mourned Imad Moughniyah, a top militant leader of Lebanon's Shiite group Hezbollah who was killed in a car bombing in the Syrian capital Damascus on Tuesday.

"His death is a real loss not only to Hezbollah, but to the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance against Israel and America. We believe that Hezbollah needs time to build up this loss," said AbuImad Rifa'i, Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza.

Earlier in the day, Hezbollah announced in a statement that a car explosion in Damascus on Tuesday night had killed its senior commander Imad Moughniyah and the group accused Israel of assassinating him, who was indicted in the U.S. for the 1985 hijacking of a TWA airliner in which a Navy diver died.

Israel has no comment on the allegation yet.

A silver Mitsubishi Pajero car exploded on Tuesday night in the neighborhood of an Iranian school in Kafer Suseh district in Syria's capital and damaged five nearby cars and surrounding building.

Source: Xinhua

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