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Palestinian fighters launch barrage of projectiles and mortars into Israel

April 30, 2008 9:53 A.M. (Updated: April 30, 2008 9:53 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Several Palestinian military organizations fired barrages of homemade projectiles at Israeli towns bordering the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the groups said.

Fatah's Al-Aqsa Brigades said on Wednesday that their fighters launched three homemade projectiles at the town of Sderot.

Separately, another group affiliated to Fatah, the Al-Mujahidin Brigades, claimed responsibility on Tuesday evening for launching two mortar shells at the Israeli military post at Nahal Oz.

A third Fatah-affiliated group called the Abu Ammar Brigades said its fighters launched two homemade projectiles at Sderot on Tuesday evening.

For their part, the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad, said their fighters fired five mortar shells at Nahal Oz at midnight on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), said their fighters clashed with an Israeli force on Tuesday evening near the Erez crossing point.

The military groups released separate statements affirming that their activity come and will continue in retaliation for the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

In their statement, Al-Aqsa Brigades said they would not oppose a ceasefire with the Israelis, on the condition that any ceasefire is bilateral and apply to both Gaza and the West Bank. They also called on Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to stop hunting down Al-Aqsa Brigades activists in the West Bank.

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