Gaza group says it has manufactured new missile launcher
Published Monday 27/01/2014 (updated) 28/01/2014 10:56
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.