Aqsa Brigades says Israel lying about number of soldier deaths [threatens resumption of attacks]


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From the Ma’an News Agency (Palestinian):

The Fatah-affiliated al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade on Thursday published a video accusing Israel of hiding the true death toll among its troops in Gaza, challenging Israel to “reveal the fate of an Israeli officer” it says the group killed.

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He accused Netanyahu of “lying” to the Israeli people, saying that the Israeli prime minister “hides the number of soldiers injured and killed in the battle.”

The spokesman also went on to condemn the “crimes” committed by Netanyahu “against our children, women and elderly.”

“Because he could not fight our men in the field, he destroyed houses over the heads of their residents,” the spokesman added.

“You are not safe if our people do not live in freedom and independence,” he said, adding: “We will resist until the end; killing for killing, shelling for shelling, and horror for horror.”

Al Aqsa has been relatively quiet in recent years as shown on this chart of incidents from the Global Terrorism Database (University of Maryland):

So it would be a shame if they add to the 1,465+ casualties that they’ve already caused.

Israel’s take on this development, from Arutz Sheva:

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction, often touted internationally as a “moderate” alternative to Hamas, has declared its intentions to further increase its terror attacks against Israeli citizens.

A new video released to YouTube by Fatah’s “military wing,” the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, declares the unity of Fatah’s various military branches, and announces a recent decision to strengthen Fatah’s military activities.

Filming in what they term a “joint operations room” in Gaza, the Fatah terrorists are seen in the video proudly displaying three-barrel rocket launchers, anti-tank rocket launchers, assault rifles and portable communications devices.


#2

The first causality in war is the truth. Both sides would be hiding true numbers of causalities. Israel has the capacity to inflict greater damage with less fatalities due to control of the air. This is not news.


#3

Isn’t the Aqsa Brigades a terrorist group? Can they really be trusted?


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