In a series of tweets, the Yahya Ayyash Brigades took credit for rocket fire today from the Gaza Strip into Israel. The jihadist group, which has been promoted by Abdullah Azzam Brigades official Sirajuddin Zurayqat, said its fighters launched more than 20 rockets.
According to the Israel Defense Forces, an antitank missile was fired at an IDF patrol and seven rockets struck Israeli territory today. And yesterday, Palestinian militants in Gaza set off an improvised explosive device near an IDF patrol along the Gaza border.
The Israeli Air Force struck “two terror activity sites” in response to these attacks. At least two members of Hamas were wounded, Reuters reported.
The Yahya Ayyash Brigades, named after a deceased Hamas bomb maker, first appeared in mid-January 2014 when it took credit for rocket fire during the funeral of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon.
Last month, the group took responsibility for some of the rocket and mortar fire from Gaza during a mini flare-up between Israel and Palestinian terror groups in Gaza. On March 19, the Yahya Ayyash Brigades released a short video showing one of its fighters preparing to fire rockets into Israel.
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