Ma'an News Agency
January 20, 2011 - 1:00am

A statement from the Gaza militant group the Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades said Wednesday that fighters targeted a civilian Israeli vehicle traveling on the main road near the border and fired.

The brigades, affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said the attack was against "three settler cars" near Kissufim, an Israeli military base north of Khan Younis, and that militants "opened fire directly" on the vehicles.

The statement said the attack took place in the afternoon, and that injuries had been sustained by the cars' passengers.

An Israeli military spokesman said there were reports of fire in the Kissufim area at 2 p.m. the same afternoon, but said no casualties were reported.

The announcement comes following a series of meetings with armed factions in Gaza hosted by Hamas, where militant groups were asked to adhere to a halt in projectile fire toward Israeli areas.

Following the meeting, resistance activity along the Gaza border focused on attacks against Israeli military forces operating inside Gaza, particularly along the Israeli-declared "no-go zone," which restricts access for Palestinians in the enclave to what the UN says is 17 percent of the lands in Gaza.

Resistance factions say Israeli forces must remain outside of Gazan territory.

While Israel said four mortar shells landed in Israeli territory on Tuesday, resistance factions aid the fire was aimed at an Israeli bulldozer operating in the area.

The same day, Israeli forces shot one man dead and injured two others who they said were handling the detonation device for a roadside bomb that exploded beneath a vehicle operating inside Gaza.


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