'Hamas detains 2 suspected of firing rockets on Israel'

Two men said to belong to "Al-Tawfid wal Jihad" Islamist group nabbed in Gaza after Hamas says they were behind recent spate of rocket fire.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 6, 2011 17:29
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Hamas soldier 311 R. (photo credit: Israel Picture Service/REUTERS)

 
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Hamas on Saturday detained two members of an Islamist movement suspected of firing rockets into Israel, AFP reported quoting a source close to Hamas.

The source said the detainees, who belong to the Salafist-Islamist group "Al-Tawfid wal Jihad" were nabbed in Gaza City by Hamas security forces who accused them of being behind a recent spate of rocket attacks on Israel.

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On Friday, the IAF struck five targets in the Gaza Strip, following several strikes earlier Thursday, which came in retaliation to the rocket attacks coming from Gaza.

The IDF Spokesman's Office confirmed that the IAF struck four terror tunnels and one terror activity base in the central Gaza Strip. Another target was struck in the southern strip. A statement added that the precision strikes were identified as hitting their targets.

Two Grad-model Katyusha rockets slammed into southern Israel late Wednesday night.

The first rocket exploded near Kiryat Gat and a second one inside Ashkelon city limits, causing damage to a road.



Residents in areas in which sirens were heard rushed into safe areas and shelters to take cover. Five people were lightly wounded while running for shelter and were evacuated to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

On Monday, a woman from a Beduin village was moderately injured by shrapnel from a Palestinian rocket fired at southern Israel from Gaza.

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