Al-Qaida-linked group releases first Hebrew statement

November 18, 2010 16:18

A group linked to Al Qaida released Thursday for the first time a statement in Hebrew threatening to avenge the killing of two senior members of the "Army of Islam" organization in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

In a half-minute long statement that was broadcast on a website associated with the organization, a voice was heard saying that the "Jewish aggressors" would not be protected from missile attacks and other threats until they withdraw from Palestinian land. The speaker identified himself as a member of Ansar al Sunna which also has a presence in Gaza. Islam Yassin, 35, from Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip was killed in an Israeli air strike along with his brother Muhammad in Gaza on Wednesday after Israeli forces targeted members of the al-Qaida-linked group.

Israeli intelligence sources said that use of Hebrew in an al-Qaida statement is very unusual.

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