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PFLP fighters claim attack on Israeli soldiers

Oct. 23, 2012 1:21 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 24, 2012 8:11 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine fighters on Tuesday claimed responsibility for an attack that wounded an Israeli soldier on the Gaza border.

The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades said in a statement that it was responsible for a bomb that went off beside an army patrol east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza. It said no PFLP militants were injured in the operation.

"We in the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades reaffirm the right of confrontation and resistance to the occupation, and we will continue our military response and our resistance so long as the occupation continues its aggression, and we will keep our watchful eye toward protecting the people and the homeland. Our response will continue. No voice is louder than the voice of resistance," the PFLP wing said in a statement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would deliver a strong response to the attack. "We will fight and we will hit them very, very hard," Netanyahu said.

The wounded officer was evacuated by helicopter to hospital, the Israeli military said in a statement.

On Monday, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades said it had fired mortars at soldiers and cross-border rockets east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip after Israeli forces killed two Palestinian fighters in airstrikes early Monday morning.
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