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Hamas warns of Israeli 'foolishness' as leftists denounce Gaza attack

Dec. 20, 2014 5:38 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 23, 2014 1:11 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas movement on Saturday called Israeli airstrikes against a military base in Gaza a "dangerous escalation" as political parties across the Palestinian political spectrum condemned the first bombing since a ceasefire ended the summer's 51-day conflict.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri warned Palestinians in a statement of another "foolish" Israeli act, calling upon the international community to carry out its responsibilities toward renewed Israeli aggression.

The statements come in the wake of Israeli airstrikes that targeted a Hamas military site in the early morning hours Saturday, causing no injuries but bring back memories of the Israeli offensive over summer that left nearly 2,200 Palestinians dead and almost 110,000 homeless.

The Israeli military said it launched the attack in retaliation for a rocket from Gaza the day before that landed near the border in Eshkol but caused no injuries. Hamas denied any responsibility for the rocket but Israel has said it holds Hamas responsible for any rocket fired by any group inside Gaza.

Palestinian political organizations widely denounced the bombing, condemning Israel for its repeated violations of the August ceasefire. Israeli forces have opened fire on Palestinian fishermen at sea and civilians near the border repeatedly, injuring dozens and killing one.

The leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine called upon the Palestinian people and political parties to be prepared for an Israeli escalation against the Gaza Strip and called for political and social unity in resistance.

The PFLP said in a statement that Israel had never ended its offensive against the Strip as it had continued even after the end of bombings through the ongoing siege and blockade, as well as the obstacles placed by authorities to importing materials to rebuild Gaza.

The statement said that the due to conditions in Gaza there remains the possibility for a return to the situation during the offensive.

The PFLP also noted that the airstrikes came ahead of an Israeli election, adding that Palestinians have always "paid the bill" for Israeli elections.

The National Resistance Brigades, the military wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, also condemned the Israeli airstrikes, calling them a "loud violation" in addition to the violations of rights of farmers and fishermen in border areas who have been subjected to frequent attacks.

The statement called for a united resistance front, and called upon all Palestinian factions' military wings to hold a meeting to discuss ways to respond to the recent Israeli attack on the Gaza strip and Israel's recurring crimes against Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem.

Israel and Palestinian factions signed a ceasefire agreement on Aug. 26 after a deadly Israeli offensive on Gaza that left more than 2,100 -- overwhelmingly civilians -- dead.

The ceasefire deal stipulated an end to hostilities, and Israel agreed to ease its devastating blockade on the Strip and expand the fishing zone off Gaza's coast.

Continued Cairo ceasefire talks to iron out further details of the truce were postponed to November following a deadly attack on Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula.

Gaza has been under a severe economic blockade since 2007, set into place by Israel after Hamas won democratic elections and later took power in the Strip.

Lifting the blockade has been the main grievance of Gaza militant groups in the bloody conflicts with Israel in 2008-2009, 2012, and 2014.
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