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Gazan Salafist vows to keep attacking Israel

Cleric says rocket attacks on Eilat part of an ongoing struggle

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

An IDF soldier looks at the remains of a Grad rocket fired on the southern city of Eilat. (photo credit: image capture Channel 2)
An IDF soldier looks at the remains of a Grad rocket fired on the southern city of Eilat. (photo credit: image capture Channel 2)

Two rockets fired at Eilat were part of an ongoing war against Israel that will not stop, a Salafist cleric from the Gaza Strip warned, noting that the organization that claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack wasn’t obligated by the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

“We’ll stay on this path despite the pressure and threats against us,” the cleric, Abu al-Ayna al-Ansari, said of the fight against Israel, the London-based A-Sharq Al-Awsat daily reported Thursday.

The Mujahideen Shura Council of Jerusalem was not party to the truce agreements signed by the Gaza leadership, he said. He vowed to keep up the jihad, or holy war, against Israel.

Two rockets were fired at Eilat Wednesday morning, apparently from the Sinai Peninsula, landing in open areas and not causing damage or injury.

The IDF said the missiles were launched by Islamist terrorists from Sinai. Egyptian security officials initially denied reports that rockets had been fired from Egyptian territory, but later the Egyptian army began scanning the region to identify possible sources.

The Mujahideen Shura Council, in taking responsibility for the attack, said it was retaliation for Israeli attacks on Palestinian protesters, but did not reveal where it launched the rockets from.

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