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Al-Quds Brigades unleash barrage of projectiles from Gaza in response to West Bank killings

March 13, 2008 11:17 A.M. (Updated: March 13, 2008 11:17 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - "There will be no calm in the light of the continued Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip," said the spokesperson of Islamic Jihad's military wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, Abu Ahmad, on Thursday.

"The Israeli occupation wants calm in Gaza and opened fire on the resistance in the West Bank," he added.

Three Islamic Jihad fighters were among four Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in a shooting attack in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Wednesday evening. Another Islamic Jihad activist was killed by Israeli forces near Tulkarem.

The spokesperson, Abu Ahmad said that the Al-Quds Brigades will respond to the "crimes of the occupation," in the near future.

Abu Ahmed called on the Palestinian leadership to withdraw from peace negotiations with Israel, and 'stand by the Palestinian people.'

Since Wednesday night, the Al-Quds Brigades launched 18 homemade projectiles at Israeli positions and towns bordering the Gaza Strip. "No voice rises above the voice of rockets and resistance," Abu Ahmad said.

The Brigades launched an additional 25 projectiles and mortars at the towns of Sderot, Zikim, and Nahal Oz.

The Brigades claimed to have fired three mortar shells at the Kerem Shalom crossing point.

The Al-Quds Brigades also claimed responsibility on Thursday morning for launching three projectiles at the city of Ashkelon.

The brigades said that all of these attacks were in response to the assassination of five Palestinian fighters in the West Bank on Wednesday.

Egyptian-brokered backchannel negotiations appeared to be on the verge of reaching a formal ceasefire on Wednesday afternoon, with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh publicly offering Israel a "bilateral, simultaneous and comprehensive" truce.

The attacks in Bethlehem and Tulkarem appeared to shatter hopes for an end to hostilities.

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