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After Rocket Attacks And Counterstrikes, A Cease-Fire Apparently Takes Hold


Aftermath of Grad rocket attack on center of southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

Aftermath of Grad rocket attack on center of southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

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The Popular Resistance Committees promised revenge for Kaisi’s assassination.

“All options are open before the fighters to respond to this despicable crime,” said Abu Attiya, a PRC spokesman. “The assassination of our chief will not end our resistance.”

According to the IDF, the short-range rocket attacks on Israel were launched by the Popular Resistance Committee while long-range and midrange rockets were launched by Islamic Jihad.

Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudaina said that “Israel’s escalation creates a negative atmosphere and increases the tension, which leads to the increase in violence in the region.”

The IDF issued a statement saying it holds “Hamas responsible for the recent incidents since the terror organization currently has jurisdiction in the area [Gaza].” The statement said that “The Hamas movement, although not the one performing the launchings, is not doing anything to prevent it either.”

(JTA)

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