The Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, the Military Wing of Hamas, issued a statement to the movement?s official website, http://www.alqassam.ps/arabic/ , yesterday, June 9, 2006, announcing that attacks will be launched in Israel due to that state?s ?vicious campaign and dangerous escalation? that has killed fifteen and wounded several. The group states specifically: ?the earthquake in Zionist cities will begin anew,? and goes on to confirm five points of their intentions. Of these points, Hamas claims that they will choose a time for revenge when the enemy does not expect it, that Israeli purposely launched its attack due to the ?frightened and trembling state? of Palestinians, and any Arab or national making demands that Palestinians recognize Israel is ?unfair?.
Abrogating their truce with Israel, Hamas states that the attack in Gaza ?will be a beacon lighting the way for jihad and resistance?.
According to media reports, Israel errantly fired shells onto a Gaza beach Friday, June 9, killing seven people. Hamas, today, responded by firing rockets into Israel, ending its ceasefire from February 2005.
A translation of the statement is provided to our Intel Service members.