Hamas accuses Israel of escalation as fragile ceasefire on edge of collapse

09:06, March 01, 2011      

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by Emad Drimly, Saud Abu Ramadan

The deposed government of the Islamic Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, on Monday accused Israel of escalating violence against the Palestinians in the coastal enclave as an undeclared fragile ceasefire between military factions and Israel is about to collapse.

Taher al-Nouno, spokesman for the Hamas government, told Xinhua that the current Israeli military escalation on the Gaza Strip "is part of the Zionist enemy's nature, where it expresses the internal crisis that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu is passing through and the failure of the peace process."

Over the past few days, Gaza militant groups fired around 12 homemade projectiles, rockets and mortar shells from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, according to the Israeli army. Israeli war jets struck training camps belong to Hamas and Islamic Jihad armed wings in response.

Rockets attacks by Palestinian militants have caused no damages or injuries, but the Israeli war jets and tanks had killed two members of the Islamic Jihad armed wing Saraya al-Quds and injured about 15 Palestinians.

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