Gaza militants call for united response to Israeli airstrike

Al-Quds Brigades and Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades fighters, at a news conference in Gaza City.

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military wing of the PFLP in Gaza on Saturday called for resistance groups to unite in order to respond to an Israeli airstrike which killed five Islamic Jihad fighters earlier in the day.

The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades said factions in Gaza should retaliate “as fiercely as possible and using all means, to the (Israeli) occupation’s crimes,” a statement said.

A lesser-known Gaza-based faction, the al-Mujahideen Brigades, also called for Palestinian resistance groups to respond to the airstrike near Rafah, which also injured 15 people, 4 critically.

Islamic Jihad’s armed wing confirmed in a statement that one of its military sites in Rafah was attacked on Saturday, and al-Quds Brigades spokesman Abu Ahmad vowed a response “in the heart of Israel.”

Israel’s army said the strike targeted “targeted a terrorist squad in the southern Gaza Strip that was preparing to launch long-range rockets,” who it also blamed for a Wednesday rocket that landed in southern Israeli city Ashdod.

The Israeli army launched a series of airstrikes on Thursday, which locals said hit a site used by Hamas’s armed wing, the al-Qassam brigades.

( / 29.10.2011)

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