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Brigade threatens to fire rockets if hunger striker harmed

Feb. 21, 2013 4:33 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 24, 2013 12:40 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Ahmed Abu Rish Brigades on Thursday threatened to fire rockets at Israel if any jailed hunger striker is harmed.

"We will continue to work with rockets and we will not stand by idly. Military operations will be implemented to achieve the rights of prisoners and to free them," brigades member Abu Ali al-Qawkabi said in a statement.

Al-Qawkabi called on Palestinian leaders in Ramallah to reject any negotiations with Israel and urged the Gaza government to refuse a truce until the detainees' demands are met.

The Fatah-affiliated Al-Aqsa Brigades joined a solidarity tent in Gaza City on Thursday in support of Samer Issawi who has been on hunger strike for 204 days, and Tareq Qaadan and Jaafar Azzidine who have refused food for 86 days.

The brigades called for action to free prisoners and joined a march from Victory Street to the protest tent, raising flags and banners of the hunger strikers.

Islamic Jihad has said a truce with Israel could unravel if any hunger striker dies.

Separately the Hussam center for prisoners rights called for "non-stop" campaigns on behalf of Issawi.

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