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12 killed, more than 20 injured in Israeli shelling at Jabaliya
Gaza group says it has manufactured new missile launcher
Published Monday 27/01/2014 (updated) 28/01/2014 10:56
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Gaza-based al-Mujahideen Brigades, the military wing of the al-Mujahideen movement, announced on Monday that they have manufactured a new type of handheld missile launcher.

A spokesman for the group, named Abu Omar, said in a statement received by Ma'an that the new launcher called "Sair", which means "flames" or "hell" in Arabic, would be used in any new confrontation with Israeli occupation forces.

"The launcher was (created as) part of efforts to develop resistance weapons as the enemy has been threatening to launch a new aggression against the Gaza Strip," the statement said, referring to a series of Israeli strikes and assassinations in the Gaza Strip in recent weeks.

Abu Omar added that resistance has several more "surprises" which would be revealed if any confrontation breaks out with the Israeli occupation.

The al-Mujahideen Brigades are a little known movement that originally emerged from Fatah's al-Aqsa Brigades but became independent and today lean towards the group Islamic Jihad.

Al-Mujahideen has carried out rocket attacks on Israeli targets from the Gaza Strip, in contravention of the ceasefire the Hamas-led Gaza government currently maintains with Israel.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by the State of Israel since 2006.
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1 ) Robby / USA
27/01/2014 16:42
I'm sure the civilians of Gaza will be delighted when Israel retaliates for the attacks by these launchers.

2 ) Outlier / USA
27/01/2014 17:59
Sad that Gazans do not focus their efforts on pursuits that positively benefit their fellow citizens.

3 ) goldstone report / usa
27/01/2014 19:51
israel lauched chemical weapons on civilians in 2006 israeli soldiers admit to targeting palestinian children on ukranian tv show

4 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
27/01/2014 21:54
#1 Dear Robby, the rockets are always after a lot of attacks from Israel. So who is retaliating? "Israelis" are only happy if they can attack and Palestinians say: thank you master. Are you out of your mind? Palestinians have the right to resist their annemys and to protect themselves. "Israel don't have that right because they are the occupiers.

5 ) Ilyas / UK
27/01/2014 23:57
Its only natural that Palestinians attempt to overcome Israeli aggression, after all this is there right. If the tables were turned, wouldnt the Israelis do the same?

6 ) Outlier / USA
28/01/2014 06:01
4., Sarah, sorry, but the facts contradict you. Gaza has in every instance provoked Israel's strikes by firing missiles and mortars across the border.

7 ) Ridiculous / Palestine
28/01/2014 06:52
Funny how "Outlier" throws out an absurd "fact" that isn't backed by any evidence. Israel has never attacked palestinians unprovoked? Are you kidding me? What about the Gaza farmer who was shot and killed last week? Or what about the houses that were just demolished in the West Bank? Because I'm sure if somebody came and bulldozed your neighborhood, that would count as an attack and would warrant a retaliation. Unless of course you're messed up in the head, which seems to be the case.

8 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
28/01/2014 09:21
# That's BS and you know it, you are following the daily news here. "Israel"is provoking every day since day 1 of the cease fire. Read the violations http://flotillahyvesarchief.weebly.com/truce-violations-2012-13.html red is Palestine, yellow is "Israel".

9 ) Bulgar Likadik / Bulgaria
28/01/2014 18:12
@3 And you believed her when you watched it on Ukrainian TV?http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=650216

10 ) If Israel Treated Americans / Like They Treat
28/01/2014 20:41
Palestinians we'd blow up the planet. The entire zionist construct - invading an inhabited country, ethnically cleansing the land, refusing to allow people (like most Gazans) to return and live in their own houses - is an aggression and a provocation. Israel calls discriminant murder "retaliation", and its little racist bobble heads spew disinformation and outright lies to defend the indefensible. Time for One State, One Person, One Vote from the Mediterranean to the Jordan.

11 ) Outlier / USA
30/01/2014 17:32
7., Ridiculous, you are right - I mis-spoke. The comment was to read, In nearly every instance..." Yes, there are exceptions, but they are few compared to the the hundreds of missiles and mortars fired across the border from Gaza - of which there are often multiple attacks before Israel responds. The West Bank is under Israel's administration and the demolitions were building constructed without permits and thus illegally. Don't like the situation? Negotiate peace.

12 ) Mel / USA
01/02/2014 18:12
Of course,the most effective weapon Gaza,Palestine,Fatah,Hamas,PLO et al can 'launch',is UNITY among ALL factions to make ALL PALESTINE stronger as a UNITED force of resistance against the Israeli occupation &BLOCKADE. Resistance is your right. But,w/out defactionalized NATIONAL UNITY,you'll be left with a Fatahstan & a Hamasastan. Unity is your national "flame"! A united resistance,using INTERNATIONAL LAWS,is your LEGAL'weapon'& as #2 said,"positive benefit"against the cruel Zionist occupation!
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