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Despite truce, little-known group fires projectile

April 11, 2011 10:55 A.M. (Updated: April 12, 2011 2:30 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A group calling itself the Marwan Haddad division of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a new Palestinian military group in Gaza, said Sunday its fighters had launched a homemade projectile toward Israel late Saturday night.

"Israel is not safe from the resistance," a statement from the group said, adding that the projectile was aimed at the Ashkelon power plant.

The group said it would not accept truce conditions with Israel, and the announced launch took place less than an hour before a ceasefire deal was set.

On Sunday morning, the group issued its first statement, saying fighters had fired a Grad-style missile at the Israeli city of Ashkelon and two homemade projectiles at the Zikim military base.

"The shelling is part of ongoing retaliation to the crimes committed by the Zionists who were known for killing prophets. This will continue until the Palestinian land is liberated and Tawhid flag is raised," a statement by the new group read.

The group was one of three previously unknown militant brigades that issued statements on Sunday, without indicating a political affiliation.
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