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Hamas, Islamic Jihad fire rockets into Israel


by Staff Writers
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP)


Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement and the Islamic Jihad group on Monday fired a barrage of projectiles at Israel, a day after a targeted Israeli air strike on the Palestinian enclave.

“In response to the injury of civilians in the most recent strike on Rafah, the Qassam Brigades and the Al-Quds Brigades fired a number of rockets at enemy military positions,” Hamas’s Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades armed wing said, teaming up with the Al-Quds Brigades of the Islamic Jihad.

“This blessed operation came in response to continuous and repeated enemy crimes against our defenceless people,” it said, in what was the first time since June that Hamas has taken responsibility for rockets fired into Israel.

“The launches this morning are a message to the Zionist enemy that resistance will not restrain itself in the face of any unilateral aggression by the occupation (Israel),” said Abu Obeida, spokesman for the Qassam Brigades.

Abu Obeida noted the “high degree of coordination” between the armed factions in the Hamas-ruled territory.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP that 23 rockets and mortars hit southern Israel on Monday, causing light damages to electric cables and a number of structures, including a home and a sheep pen, but resulting in no injuries.

“Most of the projectiles were fired at communities in the vicinity of the town Ofakim, primarily the Eshkol region,” she told AFP.

Residents of Israel’s south were instructed to remain near bomb shelters on Monday, the last day of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles.

The army launched an attack on Gaza following the barrage, and Gaza’s health ministry said tank shelling east of Khan Yunis had injured five people, including one left in serious condition.

The Israeli military confirmed the attacks.

“In response to this morning’s rocket barrage … the Israeli army targeted Hamas terror activity sites and terrorist squads responsible for the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip,” a statement read.

— Mosques hit —


In addition, the minarets of two mosques in Gaza near the border with Israel were hit by gunfire, witnesses said.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed targeting the mosques, telling AFP the army had fired at a Hamas position in a southern Gaza Strip mosque.

The latest escalation came after an Israeli air strike on the southern Gaza city of Rafah late on Sunday.

The attack targeted two men belonging to Salafist militant groups, the Israeli military said, accusing the men of being involved in planning attacks on Israelis.

The men were critically wounded in the strike, which also injured eight others, including children.

A spokesman for the Hamas health ministry in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, said one of the men critically injured in the strike, Abdullah Muhammad Hassan Maqawai, died of his wounds on Monday.

Despite an informal truce between Hamas and Israel, tensions flare periodically on the Gaza-Israel border, with militants firing rockets at Israel and the military launching retaliatory air strikes.

The last major flare-up was in June, when militants fired more than 150 rockets at southern Israel, wounding five people, and Israel hit back with air strikes that killed 15 Palestinians.

On Monday, the Israeli army said more than 470 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel since the start of 2012.

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“Al Qaeda’s flag  atop the  US  Embassy in response to  offensive  film”

Al Arabiya

“Al Qaeda’s  flag appears in  demonstrations in support of the  Prophet in Suez and  Mansoura”

Al-Watan newspaper, Egypt

People are  starting to notice and ask questions , about the black  flags that  are  increasingly  appearing at  demonstrations, and  even being  placed  atop   embassies  angry protestors  in Egypt and  other  Arab  countries.  These  flags  had  previously  appeared  at  demonstrations at  Tahrir  Square and other  places.   They were also seen in  Sint Godai, before and  after the  recent deadly  terrorist attack  there in  Rafah.  Newspapers  and  other media in the  region have  started  to notice, report  and  comment  about  it .

The spread  of  A Qaeda;s  flag across the region.  A  lot of people are  asking  what this flag is all  about.  The  flag  may e  derived from a  flag from the time of the Prophet Mohamed.   Which was  either lack or  white  , and  was called “Al Uqab”, which  means  The  Hawk….

An image of the Prophet’s  seal – which he  would use  when  sending  messages- was then added to the design.  It says , “Mohamed , Messenger  Of God”.  The  words, There is no God ,but God”complete the  flag’s design.

This  flag  first appeared as  the banner of a  group called  “Iraqi Islamic State”, which was considered the  Iraqi branch of  Al Qaeda.  The  question now is …..

How did these  Al Qaeda flags become so prevalent in so many  Arab countries?

Especially in  countries that  have  always been and still are  against  Al Qaeda.  Why are the  majority of people in these countries simply  allowing the most  extreme  of  political actors to take  center  stage,  guiding the  course of events  and  portraying this particular image of  Arabs around the  world?

If you agree that  this  extreme  group does not represent you ….

Share  this video ….


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Published on Aug 11, 2012 by

Egypt’s ‘wild west’ has descended into chaos according to the Military Council and newly Elected President Mohammed Morsi following deadly border attacks. However, residents of the border towns express lawlessness has been a way of life for them in a region where the police fled after the revolution. Some tell TRNN off camera the military offensive will do nothing to ensure security and stability.

The Egyptian government temporally opened the border for a few hours on Thursday and Friday to mostly Palestinian pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia. As of Saturday, the border was closed it indefinitely.

The state media has hyped up the offensive as a national sensation, garnering the support of Egyptians sympathetic to the fallen soldiers. However, many residents in the border towns express to TRNN the attacks seem more of a charade as similar attacks have consistently plagued northern Sinai since the revolution.

NOTE: Some of this video was secretly filmed as TRNN was denied access to shot the military and police.

Special thanks to the generous and friendly people of al-Arish, Sheik Zuwaid, and Rafah.

Video shot by Jihan Hafiz and Mohammed Gamal

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