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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Hamas apparently is taking credit for Mercaz HaRav massacre

Hamas released a statement announcing its accomplishments for March, 2008:

Military Communiqué

Al Qassam statistic for March,2008

34 martyrs ; 89 Qassam rockets ; 534 mortar shells towards Zionist targets ; 12 Zionist were killed; other 79 were injured

First: Al Qassam martyr :

Rafah

Khanyounis

Gaza

North strip

South-Gaza

Total

5

3

10

14

2

34

Second: Resistance activities:

Qassam

Mortars

R.P.G

Bombs

Fire

Sniping

Clashes

89

534

18

7

21

8

22

Third: Zionist losses:

losses

injures

12

79

Day and date

The Zionist losses

Saturday 1st of March,2008

4 Zionist were killed

Thursday 6th of March,2008

8 Zionist were killed

Settlement

Rockets

Settlement

Rockets

Sederot

36

Natif Eitsra

4

Meftahim

10

Nahal Oz

4

Kissufim

2

Eirtz

10

Nir Eishaq

5

Zionist vehicles

18


And Islamic Jihad came out with their own numbers:
18 killed versus 2 "Zionists"
216 rockets and mortar shells

Hamas' rocket numbers are low if you assume that they are taking credit for all groups' rocket attacks, so they must only be talking about their own rockets - the total Qassam count for March was over 200.

Which implies that they are taking credit for only the Israelis killed by Hamas as well.

And since they list 8 "Zionists" killed on March 6, this means that Hamas is taking credit for the Mercaz HaRav massacre (they denied initial claims of responsibility and the only group to officially take credit was the unknown "Galilee Freedom Batallions".)

Of course, this report includes out and out lies - four Israelis weren't killed on March 1, and the total number of Israelis killed in March was 11 (they might be including the Qassam victim from February 27.)

Still, this is apparently the first official, if backhanded, claim of responsibility for the massacre.