Hamas vows more attacks against Israel
The Izeldein al-Qassam Brigades, the Islamic Hamas movement's armed wing, on Thursday vowed more armed attacks against Israeli targets in the West Bank and in Israel, DPA reported.
Abu Obeida, spokesman of the group, told the Bethlehem-independent news agency Ma'an that the two attacks his armed wing carried out in the West Bank on Tuesday and Wednesday "are a response to the Israeli crimes."
"The attacks are a natural response to the Jewish settlers' arrogance and the ongoing Israeli crimes in the West Bank. It comes in the frame of armed resistance in general," said Abu Obeida.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Hamas armed wing claimed responsibility for two shooting attacks near the cities of Hebron and Ramallah in the West Bank, killing four Israelis and wounding two others, one seriously.
The two attacks were carried out as Israel and the Palestinians launched direct peace negotiations in Washington. Hamas denied that the timing of the attacks came to ruin the talks.
"The timing came in accordance to the circumstances in the field. Al-Qassam Brigades are those who decide when and where the attacks would be carried out," said Abu Obeida.
He added that the two attacks are a message to the Israeli occupation "that their crimes wouldn't pass without punishment, and also to the Palestinian negotiators who cooperated with Israel and chased the men of resistance."
"We believe that the Palestinian negotiators got the message, but we also note that we don't count on those negotiations and we don't carry out attacks to ruin it because it is failed before it begins," said Abu Obeida.