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PFLP fighters claim responsibility for projectile attack amid news of ceasefire

March 11, 2008 4:00 P.M. (Updated: March 11, 2008 4:00 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - The military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, claimed responsibility on Tuesday for launching two homemade projectiles at the Israeli settlement of Zikim in the western Negev desert.

Israeli sources reported that the projectiles landed in an open area without causing casualties, and that they were launched in tandem with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's visit to the nearby city of Ashkelon in western Negev.

The military group added that they also targeted the military position at Nahal 'Oz with mortar shells, and that their actions were a part of their natural right to respond to Israel's crimes.

The attacks also took place the same day as word leaked out of a ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Hamas-led de facto government in Gaza. Under the Egyptian-backed agreement, Hamas was to prevent the launch of homemade projectiles in exchange for a halt on Israeli attacks in Gaza.

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