Monday, 6 July 2015

Islamic Jihad fighters set up watchtower near Gaza border


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The military wing of Islamic Jihad has set up a watchtower near the Israeli border in Gaza, a senior leader told Ma'an on Sunday. The leader, who only named himself as Abu Ahmad, said that the al-Quds Brigades set up the tower in the Abu Reida area on the outskirts of Khuzaa in southern Gaza.

He said it lay opposite an Israeli gate on the border fence used for military purposes, adding that it was eight meters high and 500 meters from the border.

"In al-Quds Brigades we believe that the equation has changed and the rules of the conflict have changed in favor of (the Palestinian) resistance," Abu Ahmad said.

He added that al-Quds Brigades insisted on defying the Israeli occupation.

"This is a message notifying (the Israeli) occupation that we are coming closer and closer, with our eyes focused on the (Israeli) borders, and not on what is going on in the Arab world," he said, apparently in reference to a violent insurgency in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, which Egypt has accused some Palestinian factions of supporting.

Israeli forces have repeatedly opened fire on Palestinians from the border fence since the ceasefire agreement signed Aug. 26, 2014 that ended a devastating 50-day Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip. more

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