Bethlehem, 17 Rabiul Akhir 1434/ 27 February 2013 (MINA) – A Hamas spokesman on Tuesday denied reports that a rocket fired at southern Israel was launched from the Gaza Strip.
“This is only a lie. None of the Gaza Strip factions claimed responsibility for firing that missile, and the government is checking all the details,” Ehab al-Ghussein said in a statement, according to Ma’an news agency reports monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Wednesday.
Israel is attempting to divert attention from its crimes against the Palestinian people, most recently, the death of Arafat Jadarat after being allegedly tortured in an Israeli jail, the statement added.
Earlier Monday, a rocket hit a road near the southern city of Ashkelon, Israeli police said.
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, affiliated with Fatah, claimed responsibility for firing the rocket, a statement from the group said.
“We must resist our enemy by all available means,” the group said in a statement emailed to reporters. “We stress our commitment to armed struggle against the Zionist enemy.” The rocket landed near Ashkelon on Tuesday morning and caused some damage to a road near the city, but no injuries were reported, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. (T/P01/E1).
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)