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Qassam Brigades sound defiant note amid truce talks
Published Sunday 18/11/2012 (updated) 19/11/2012 08:40
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The spokesman of Hamas' armed wing made a televised statement late Saturday in a show of defiance against Israel as preliminary talks of a truce started in Cairo.

Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obaida said Israeli claims it had destroyed the military capacity of the Palestinian resistance were completely false.

He reiterated claims that the group had downed an Israeli fighter jet, saying an Israeli pilot fell into the ocean off Gaza's coast, and said the group had also shot down an unmanned drone.

Abu Obeida said the group has also hit a military jeep 3 km inside Israel from Gaza's border.

Israel's army has strenuously denied these claims, calling them "extraordinary."

The al-Qassam spokesman accused Israel of a cover-up. "If you possess the courage, confess the truth and the number of soldiers killed," he said.

As Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal met in Cairo for talks about a potential truce to end the bombardments, which have killed nearly 50 Palestinians over four days, Abu Obeida said this round of fighting would not be the last.

He said al-Qassam was ready to return ten-fold fire if Israel launched a land invasion in the Gaza Strip.

Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi said on Saturday there were "some indications" a ceasefire could be reached soon between Israel and Gaza Palestinians but he had no firm guarantees.
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1 ) Richard / New Zealand
18/11/2012 08:03
I can't see where a truce is immenent. There appear to be to many splinter groups who support Hamas but won't take orders from them,and will keep the rockets going over to Israel. Maybe the UN will be willing to put peace keepers on the borders.

2 ) dan / holland
18/11/2012 09:29
If you possess the courage, confess the truth and show your faces ! has Israel ever lied about its dead ? never has and has no reason to do so it seems Qassam Brigades are showing again how small there God is...

3 ) ian / australia
18/11/2012 10:30
Seems men just like to make stuff go boom. Having deplored the loss of life, the pointless escalation and macho posturing like from Al-Qassam Brigades spokes-idiot Abu Obaida, now it's too late for that, I'm supporting the troops. If "turn the other cheek" isn't in the DNA and a lot of people are gonna die, perhaps there's no other way. Perhaps a bloodbath is inevitable, cathartic and necessary to shock people into sense. And achieve some justice for people in Gaza. But for now, G-d help them.

4 ) some one / some where
18/11/2012 11:28
for god sack and people sack big lie is more belivebale than small lie but what this idiot say only prove haw frustrated he is who killed soldiers to begin with at leaste wait till they kik you bud in gaza then clain you kill soldiers for sack of people disinformation is what you lost in 67 and 73 stop it people are not fool
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