Palestinian Factions Claim Responsibility For Rocket Attacks In Gaza, Surrounding Areas; Jihadi Groups, Pro-Iran Militias Celebrate

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May 10, 2021

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On May 10, Palestinian armed factions claimed responsibility for rocket attacks on Israeli targets following weeks of confrontations between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in East Jerusalem. Supporters of jihadi groups and pro-Iran militias on Telegram celebrated the attacks.

Al-Quds Brigades (AQB), the military wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility on Telegram[1] for rocket attacks on western Gaza and surrounding areas.

In the Telegram post, the group claimed responsibility for targeting a "Zionist jeep" in eastern Gaza with a Kornet anti-tank guided missile. It explained that the attack was videotaped and will soon be aired. 

In a second post on Telegram, AQB claimed that its fighters launched 30 rockets against Sderot, a city in the western Negev, and seven rockets on "occupied" Ashkelon.

Earlier, the group posted that "the resistance leadership gave the occupation [i.e., Israeli security forces] a six-p.m. deadline to vacate the Al-Aqsa mosque."

Abu Obieda, the spokesman of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, reiterated the same warning on his Telegram channel.[2]

He later posted that "Al-Qassam Brigades just launched a rocket attack on the enemy in occupied Al-Quds [Jerusalem] in response to its crimes and aggression in the holy city and its abuse of our people in Sheikh Jarrah and Al-Aqsa mosque. This is a message that the enemy should understand very well. And if you repeat your act, we will do the same and more."

In reaction to these attacks, prominent Al-Qaeda supporter Warith Al-Qassam shared a video showing Israelis taking shelter to avoid the rockets.

He commented on the video, saying: "Great news to see the humiliation on the faces of the Jews due to the rockets fired by the militias of Rafidha" – derogatory phrase to describe Shi'ite and pro-Iran groups.

Syria-based Saudi jihadi cleric Abdullah Al-Muheiseni shared a video and claimed that it documents the rockets that "poured on Zionists like rain." He further prayed to Allah to extend his support to those who are defending Al-Quds, the first Qibla.[3]

Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq celebrated the attacks, hailing the fighters of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam as heroes. Sabreen News shared videos showing rocket attacks with captions like "Al-Qassam strikes, they are true to their words."

The channel also published a poster showing an Israeli tank burning and two Israeli soldiers killed with a Hebrew caption that reads: "But you fight and do not hear the word. We know our Palestinian friends well!"

Yemen’s Ansar Allah, also known as Houthis, issued a statement: "We congratulate the military and rocket counterattacks by the Palestinian residents against the Zionist occupation. We encourage the liberators to carry on in confronting occupation and settlement. This is the correct way to deter Zionist arrogance."[4]

 


[1] Telegram, Sarayaps, May 10, 2021.

[2] Telegram, Spokesman_2020, May 10, 2021.

[3] In early Islam, the direction in which Muslims faced when performing prayers. This was later changed to Mecca.

[4] Telegram, C_Military1, May 10, 2021.

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