The Palestinian militant group Hamas has threatened to renew its suicide bombing campaign against Israel in retaliation for a series of air strikes in Gaza that have left at least two people dead. The headquarters of Hamas’s Executive Force was razed to the ground by an Israeli missile strike early this morning.
And two people were killed in missile strikes that targeted cars belonging to Hamas leaders. The rival Fatah group of president Mahmoud Abbas had wanted the Executive Force disbanded – leading Hamas to accuse Israel of colluding with their rivals. Israel denied this, saying they were responding to rocket attacks by Palestinian militants on the Jewish settlement Sderot in the region bordering Gaza. Seventy rockets have been fired on Israel this week, with two people reportedly lightly wounded.
The Israeli intervention has further fuelled tensions between Hamas and the Fatah movement. Three more people were killed in factional in-fighting on Thursday and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called off plans to travel Gaza to hold talks with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.