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Armed groups continue attacks against Israeli targets

Jan. 1, 2009 11:28 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 1, 2009 11:28 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Dozens of projectiles landed on Israeli soil before midnight on Thursday, Israeli sources said.

The launches were the response of Palestinian fighters to the sixth straight day of Israeli shelling and air assaults on the Gaza Strip that hit about 50 sites on Thursday.

At 11am the Al-Qassam Brigades launched a projectile that reached as far as the Netsarim airbase on the edge of the Negev, southeast of Beersheva.

Other groups claimed responsibility for several attacks on Israeli targets Thursday:

Al-Quds Brigades

Islamic Jihad's military wing launched two projectiles at Sderot and Kfar Azza early Thrusday morning.

Al-Aqsa Brigades

Fatah's military wing in Gaza launched two projectiles at Sderot and western Negev shortly after 7am Thursday and another one before dawn. Later, the armed group said it targeted two more Israeli towns near the border with Gaza. It also said that some of its members escaped death in an Israeli airstrike in eastern Gaza City.

National Resistance Brigades

The armed group affiliated with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) launched two projectiles just after midnight on Thursday morning.

Al-Mujahedin Brigades

The armed group linked to Fatah launched two projectiles at the Israeli monitored Sufa crossing point Thursday morning.

"Eagles of Palestine"

The previously unknown armed group first claimed to have launched projectiles at Sderot on 30 December. On Thursday they claimed the launch of two more projectiles, one at Sderot and one at Kfar Azza.

An-Nasser Brigades

The Brigades affiliated with the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) launched two projectiles at the Karem Shalom crossing and the Nerim Kibbutz east of Khan Younis in the early hours of Thursday morning.

***Updated 20:14 Bethlehem time
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