Gaza militants fire back rockets at Israel after airstrikes 2009-03-05 16:23:03   Print

Special Report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts              

    GAZA, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Gaza militants fired on Thursday three makeshift rockets from Gaza at southern Israeli towns in response to the earlier airstrikes that killing of two militants in southern Gaza Strip.

    Saraya al-Quds, the Islamic Jihad (Holy War) movement's armed wing claimed responsibility for the rockets attacks, the group said in a leaflet that "it is a response to the awful crime was committed this morning."

    The group also said that two of its militants were killed and two others wounded in an earlier Israeli airstrikes carried out on them in east of al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza.

    Gaza emergency chief Moaweya Hassanein told reporters that two Palestinians were killed when an Israeli pilotless drone fired one missile at a group of Palestinians in the refuge camp in Gaza.

    Witnesses said that the two are militants and were targeted by one Israeli missile fired by an Israeli warplane that directly hit them.

    On Wednesday night, Israeli war jet struck by missile a car that drove in northern Gaza killing one Palestinian militant and wounding five others, medics and witnesses said.

    Hassanein told reporters that one Palestinian was killed and five injured in an Israeli airstrikes on a local car that drove in northern Gaza.

    The airstrikes on the car was an Israeli response to ongoing rockets attacks carried out by small groups of militants on southern Israel, in spite of a fragile ceasefire that Hamas and other armed groups still committed to.

    The armed wing of Jihad said that one of its militants was killed and five injured in an airstrikes on their car, which was driving near the northern Gaza refugee camp of Jabalia.

    Israel has carried out a 22-day military offensive on the Strip in response to Hamas rockets attacks on Israeli towns and cities. Over 1,400 Palestinians and 11 Israelis were killed in the offensive that ended on Jan. 18.

    The renewed current violence between Israel and Gaza militant groups would threat a shaky fragile ceasefire that was unilaterally announced by both Israel and the Hamas movement.

    Israel refused an Egyptian-brokered long-term truce with Hamas and other Gaza factions after it insisted that there is no truce or ceasefire until its captive soldier in Gaza Gilad Shalit is getting released.

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