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Hamas fires heavier rockets at Israel

November 14, 2008

Hamas Islamists fired their longest-range rockets at a southern Israeli city on Friday after an Israeli air force attack on their Gaza stronghold, in the 11th day of skirmishes threatening a five-month-old truce.

By Abed Shana, Reuters

Israeli soldiers stand atop a tank outside Kibbutz Kissufim ...
Israeli soldiers stand atop a tank outside Kibbutz Kissufim near the Gaza border November 13, 2008.(Amir Cohen/Reuters)

The armed wing of the Islamist group said it fired five Grad rockets at an Israeli city, the longest-range weapon it has claimed to shoot at the Jewish state.

Israel and Hamas blamed each other for the flare-up.

“Hamas is directly responsible for the escalation in the violence,” said Israeli spokesman Mark Regev. “Israel had wanted to see the calm that prevailed until recently prevail once again. But Hamas … are seeking a dangerous escalation.”

A Hamas leader, Mahmoud al-Zahar, said “self-defense and resistance” would continue, but as far as Hamas was concerned the truce was still on, provided Israel wanted it.

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