Special report: Palestine-Israel
A journalist holds the remains of a
rocket at the police station in Sderot, southern Israel, Dec. 18, 2008.
The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) announced Thursday evening that
the cease-fire with Israel in Gaza was over, 24 hours before the six-month
truce was due to expire. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)
GAZA, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Islamic Hamas movement
armed wing al-Qassam Brigades announced on Friday morning that the lull with
Israel is over, saying Israel is responsible for the end.
The group said in a leaflet sent to reporters that at
6:00 a.m.(4:00 GMT) "The Tahde'aa with Israel is official over and Israel is
held fully responsible for ending it," adding "if Israel escalates, we are ready
to defend our people."
"The Tahde'aa brokered by Egypt between the
Palestinian factions and the Zionist enemy finished on Friday morning," the
group said. "The Zionist enemy shot the bullet at the truce and is responsible
for ending it."
Egypt has brokered the truce, which became into
effect in June 19, between Gaza armed groups and Israel, in condition that
Israel reopens Gaza crossings and refrain from carrying out military operations
into the Gaza Strip. At the same time the militant groups should refrain from
launching homemade rockets from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel.
However, the truce was violated
on Nov. 4, when fighting was renewed between the two side.
People view a car damaged by Qassam
rocket in Sderot, southern Israel, Dec. 18, 2008. The Islamic Resistance
Movement (Hamas) announced Thursday evening that the cease-fire with
Israel in Gaza was over, 24 hours before the six-month truce was due to
expire. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)
Al Qassam Brigades warned Israel "of carrying out any
large-scale military operation into the Gaza Strip and commit new crimes. Then,
the doors for battles will be widely opened and the responses will be so
Meanwhile, Israel Radio reported on Friday that two
homemade rockets fired from Gaza landed on an area in southern Israel right
after Hamas armed wing announced that the truce with Israel was over.
Saraya al-Quds, Islamic Jihad (Holy War) movement's
armed wing claimed responsibility for launching the rockets. Israel Radio said
no injuries or damages were reported.