Extremist branch of Fatah claims Kassam attacks

The Abu Rish Brigades, an extremist branch of Fatah, claimed responsibility for most of Wednesday afternoon's Kassam rocket attacks. However, Hamas said that its operatives were responsible for launching a rocket that killed a student at Sapir College in Sderot. According to a statement by the Abu Rish Brigades, the rocket fire was a response to IAF strikes in the Gaza Strip, one of which killed five Hamas operatives. An Army Radio commentator reported that Fatah has cut ties with the Abu Rish Brigades, and that some of its members were working with Hamas in Gaza.