Gaza Militants Open Fire on IDF Border Unit

Published: April 8th 2010
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Sami Abu Zuhri, a Gaza-based Hamas spokesperson, has said that Hamas will seek to capture more Israelis if the international community continues to ignore the alleged maltreatment of Palestinian prisoners, according to Israeli Radio.


Zuhri had stated that the world is seemingly only concerned about the conditions in which captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is detained, ignoring those under which Palestinian prisoners are being held.


If the situation does not change, Zuhri warned, they will have to find “new friends” for Shalit.


According to Israeli Radio, Gaza militants opened fire earlier on an IDF unit patrolling the Gaza border. The unit was hit by at least three mortar bombs, as well as two anti-tank projectiles, although no injuries have been reported.


This occurred just one day after Palestinian sources claimed six mortar shells that had been fired at Israel landed in Palestinian territory, injuring six Gazans.


The shells had been aimed toward the Eshkol region of the Negev, but accidentally landed on a Palestinian house in northern Gaza. Only one Gazan was seriously injured, according to the chief of emergency services in Gaza, Mo’aweya Hassanein.


Just two days earlier, the Islamic Jihad in Gaza had announced that it would stop firing rockets into Israel. Even before this, militants shot a Qassam rocket into Israel, hitting an open area in the Negev, with no reported damage or injuries.


Ayman Taha, a Hamas spokesman, told the BBC on Friday that Hamas is working to restrain their rocket attacks, and that “the government in Gaza is in charge of the situation.”

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