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Brigades claim 22 projectiles fired since Saturday

April 9, 2011 11:34 A.M. (Updated: April 10, 2011 6:33 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli military officials have reported that more than 70 rockets and mortars have been launched from Gaza since Thursday, with militant groups claiming 22 incidents of fire since midnight Friday morning.

A ceasefire was announced by Hamas at 11 p.m. on Thursday, but overnight Israeli forces bombed several locations, killing five militants, and sparking a new wave of projectile fire.

"Groups in Gaza committed themselves to respecting the Palestinian consensus and halting rocket attacks, but the Zionist aggressor has ruined everything by attacking and killing civilians -- women, children and old people," Hamas interior ministry spokesman Ihab al-Ghussein said.

Overnight and early in the morning, six separate militant groups issued statements claiming fire on Israeli military posts and civilian areas claiming fighters would stick to the option of resistance, and condemning what was generally described as an Israeli escalation on the Gaza Strip.

In the southern Gaza Strip, Hamas' Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades announced that they fired two Qassam-type homemade projectiles towards the Kerem Shalom military base and four others towards the Israeli region of Ashkol, adjacent to the southern Gaza Strip.

The Fatah-affiliated Al-Mujahideen Brigades said that announced that they fired two 107-type projectiles toward the Sufa military post in the southern Gaza Strip, east of Khan Younis.

An-Nasser Salah Ad-Din brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, said they fired a Nasser-type projectile toward the Israeli community of Be'eri, termed a "settlement" in the group's statement. Two other Nasser-type projectiles were said to have been fired toward the Al-Ein community, also in southern Israel.

Islamic Jihad's Al-Quds Brigades, said a Grad-style projectile was fired toward Beerseba, and two Al-Quds-style projectiles and a 107-style missile were fired toward Be'eri.

In the north, the Salah Ad-Din Brigades said fighters fired three projectiles toward Sderot, a 107-style projectile toward Zikim, and a third toward an Israeli military troop in northern Gaza.

The little-known Ismail Abu Al-Qumsan Brigades said fighters launched two projectiles toward Zikim.

The Abu Ali Mustafa brigades, the military wing of the PFLP, said a Grad-style projectile was fired to the Kiyrat Gat community 65 kilometers south of Tel Aviv.
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