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Hamas brigade threatens to scale-up rocket fire

Oct. 8, 2012 10:36 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 9, 2012 5:33 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Hamas’ military wing the Izz Addin Al-Qassam Brigades on Monday warned it would scale up its response if Israel continued military operations on the Gaza Strip.

The brigades joined Islamic Jihad's military wing in claiming responsibility for the volley of rockets fired into south Israel on Monday morning, saying they were targeting Israeli military bases.

Israel's army said around 30 rockets hit Israel, with no immediate reports of damage or injuries, and its forces responded by hitting Hamas targets.

"Going too far in the aggression on the Gaza Strip will provoke the Palestinian resistance into responding more strongly and on a wider scale,” a statement released on Monday by Qassam Brigade spokesman Abu Ubayda said.

Joint operations with Islamic Jihad early Monday "show that coordination between resistance factions is at the highest level when it comes to confrontation with occupation," the statement continued.

Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has not claimed responsibility for launching rockets and mortars at Israel since June.

In the latest flare-up of cross-border fighting in September, the group's brigades stayed out of exchange of fire and Salafis complained the Hamas government was cracking down on their members in an attempt to halt rocket fire into Israel.

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