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Israel wary of ground to air missiles in Gaza

February 9, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Israeli occupation authorities fear that Palestinian fighters in Gaza now own ground to air missiles that are a threat to Israel’s air forces, Israeli radio reported on Wednesday morning.

The report cited unnamed sources describing how: “Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip attempted to launch a ground to air missile at an Israeli airplane last week.”

According to the sources, the attempt “failed” and “the botched launch caused the death of an Islamic Jihad operative, Mohamed Al-Ejla, when the rocket exploded because of a technical error.”

Analysts further explained that, “Islamic Jihad now owns important weapons that threaten the status quo in the Gaza Strip.” The analysts continued: “These strategic weapons could destabilise the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, igniting a new war.”

According to the radio, Islamic Jihad is carrying out these activities on orders from Iran, which is vying for power in Gaza.

The report claimed that Iran is exploiting the “vacuum” which has existed in Gaza ever since the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the deterioration of relations between the Egyptian regime under Defence Minister Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi and Hamas in Gaza.

Source: Raialyoum