GAZA CITY (Ma'an) – The military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement on Thursday posted a video on YouTube with a message in Hebrew addressing the Israeli people, government and army about the recent escalation in the coastal enclave.
The message, read by a masked gunman, told Israeli soldiers that they would never be safe in Palestine.
"You can't enjoy any inaccessibility in our country! Number one: To the government of Zionist terrorism, both your warplanes and missiles will be stopped and we will block them by our chests and you will not achieve your goals. Number two, to the coward Zionist army, we in the al-Quds Brigades are ready to reach you. You will have to choose between being dead or captured."
Addressing the Israeli people, the message moved to a third warning three urging the Israeli public to avoid allowing their "extremist leaders" to control their lives. Your leaders, added the message, have been busy waging wars and they aren't willing to live in peace.
"We hereby call upon you to leave our country and look for a country for you. News isn’t what you hear, but rather what you see.")
Overnight, Israeli warplanes carried out raids on 29 targets in Gaza, hitting bases used by militants from Gaza's ruling Hamas movement and from the al-Quds Brigade.
They followed dozens of rocket attacks by the al-Quds Brigades the same day in response to an Israeli airstrike that killed three members of the militant group a day earlier.
Also Thursday, the group said its fighters used a new missile launcher which was never used before.
In a statement, the al-Quds Brigades said that the new launcher was used Wednesday evening in the battle "Breaking the Silence".
The statement added that the group's fighters fired more than 130 different missiles and shells at Israeli towns bordering the Gaza Strip "in response to the Israeli aggression."
Photos of the new launcher were attached with the statement, which arrived by email. A video will be released later, according to the statement.