Hamas: We'll broaden rocket targets if air strikes continue
Group's spokesman says it didn't intend to target children; threatens that Hamas attacks will broaden if "Israeli escalation continues amid international silence and complicity."
By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
April 9, 2011 15:34
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Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri 311 (R).
(photo credit: Osman Orsal / Reuters)
Hamas said on
Saturday it would escalate it attacks against Israel to include a wider
range of targets if the IDF failed to halt its aerial assaults on the
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri blamed Israel for an
escalation in violence. "If the Israeli escalation continues, amid
international silence and complicity, the reactions by resistance
factions will broaden," he told Reuters, saying such actions would be
necessary to protect Palestinians in Gaza.
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Abu Zuhri also said that Hamas operatives did not intend to target Israeli schoolchildren when they fired a rocket at a bus two days ago, critically wounding a teenager and sparking the latest round of border fighting.
"It was not known that the bus targeted on the outskirts of Gaza carried schoolchildren," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters, adding that the road where the bus was travelling was often used by IDF vehicles.
On Friday, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said that "Israeli
aggression in the Gaza Strip will not be able to break the will of the
He also called for the cessation of IDF attacks in Gaza.
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On Thursday night, Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip declared a
unilateral cease fire some hours after it shot a school bus with an
guided anti-tank missile and fired dozens of mortar shells and
projectiles. The attack on the school bus left a 16-year-old in critical
The IDF, however, continued to strike back at targets despite the Palestinian attempt to calm the situation.
Since then, over 20 Grad-model Katyusha rockets have been fired by
Gaza-based groups into Israel. The IDF's Iron Dome anti-rocket defense
system successfully intercepted several of the longer-range Grads. Dozens
more Kassam rockets and mortar shells have exploded in Israeli
territory over the weekend.
According to Palestinian reports, at least 16 Palestinians have been
killed in recent days by IDF strikes aimed at Hamas and other terrorist
elements in the Strip. At least 8, including a number of Hamas
commanders were confirmed as being members of terrorist groups.
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