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Hamas, Islamic Jihad fire rockets at southern Israel
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11:13, December 21, 2008

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A day after a six-month truce ended between Israel and Gaza militant groups, Palestinian Islamic fighters fired several rockets on Saturday afternoon from Gaza at Israel, the groups said.

The armed wing of Al-Qassam Brigades and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) said in a leaflet that their militants fired a number of mortar shells at Israeli targets closed to the border between Gaza Strip and Israel. No injuries or damages were reported.

It is the first time that Hamas movement claims responsibility for launching rockets at Israel, after its armed wing announced on Friday that the lull is ended and Israel is fully responsible for ending it.

Meanwhile, Saraya al-Quds, Islamic Jihad (Holy War) movement's armed wing claimed responsibility on Saturday for launching three homemade rockets at the southern Israeli town of Sderout. No damages or injuries were reported.

Egypt has brokered a truce between Israel and Gaza militant groups, led by Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip. The truce came into effect in June 19, and ended on Dec. 19. Both Israel and Gaza militants didn't official renew the truce.

The group said in a leaflet that its militants would continue rockets attacks on Israel and the group is not intending to renew the truce with Israel, adding that the previous truce was bad for the Palestinians and good for Israel.

Azzam el-Ahmed, head of Fatah movement's block in the Palestinian parliament, known as the PLC, said there are intensive contacts held by Egypt with all parties to renew the ceasefire agreement.

"I expect that the truce with Israel will be renewed within the coming few days," said el-Ahmed, one day after Gaza militant groups held Israel responsible for ending the truce.


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