Hamas Resumes Rocket Fire at Israel

[Ha'aretz] Amos Harel - The Hamas military wing, under the leadership of Ahmed al-Ja'abari, has resumed launching Kassam rockets from Gaza at Israel after a lull of some weeks. During this period, rocket launchings had primarily been conducted by Islamic Jihad, Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, and members of local clans. Some 150 members of the National Security organization, originally a Fatah-affiliated group, were deployed along the Philadelphi Route, along the Gaza-Egypt frontier. In practice these are troops that have deserted to the ranks of Hamas. Several days ago, the regular Palestinian police force was redeployed on the streets of Gaza. This is another force that was under Fatah control and whose rank-and-file chose to desert to Hamas.

2007-07-02 01:00:00

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