Palestinian group lay claim to rocket fire in Golan

Video shows footage of mortar attack fired to "avenge martyrs lost in war with the Zionist enemy."

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May 17, 2013 00:42
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Israeli Syrian border in the Golan Heights

Golan border Syria truck 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

An unknown Palestinian terrorist group said it was behind Wednesday’s projectile fire on Mount Hermon, releasing a statement and a video of the alleged attack several hours after it occurred.

The group, calling itself the Abdul Qader al-Husseini Brigades, released a video on YouTube showing men firing several projectiles consecutively in dim light, possibly at dawn.

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The group said the attack was launched to mark “Nakba Day,” on which Palestinians mourn the establishment of the State of Israel.

“We are avenging all our martyrs that we lost in our war with the Zionist enemy,” the terrorist group said in a statement.

The claim follows Arabic media reports that Syrian authorities are considering allowing Palestinian armed groups to launch attacks against Israel across the Golan Heights border in the wake of reported Israeli air strikes on Hezbollah-bound missile shipments in Damascus.

Two Syrian mortar shells slammed into Mount Hermon on Wednesday morning, marking the first time that the area has been hit since the start of the Syrian civil war two years ago.

Following the incident, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.- Gen. Benny Gantz held consultations with senior defense officials.

The shells exploded in open areas, failing to cause damages or injuries. The IDF is still seeking to determine whether the shells were fired deliberately, or were part of a battle between rebels and the Syrian army.


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