Gulf News
February 7, 2008 - 7:28pm

Gaza: Hamas' representative in Iran said Israel can expect a wave of suicide bombings inside its 1967 borders, not just the West Bank.

The announcement of more attacks came as Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip launched at least 10 Qassam rockets into Israel, lightly wounding a two-year-old girl and 12-year-old girl.

In a statement on Hamas' website signed by the organisation's delegate to Iran, Dr. Abu-Osama Abed Al Ma'ati, the suicide attack that occurred earlier this week in Dimona was described as the beginning of a new wave of similar actions.

"We ceased to carry out these attacks for a year, but the enemy persisted with its aggression and the violations to the ceasefire. The Dimona attack is a message. That message is that Iz Al Din Al Qassam has renewed the suicide attacks," the message said, referring to the Islamist organisation's military wing.

Senior Hamas officials have said that the organisation uses such online announcements to declare a change in tactics or policy.

Hamas' spokesman in Gaza said the organisation will continue to mount "resistance" and carry on with the suicide attacks.

Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri defended the Dimona attack, which killed a 73-year-old Israeli woman. "There is no choice, no option for our people, but to resist the occupation and defend themselves by all possible means," he said.


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