Sunday, May 20, 2007
Date: 20 / 05 / 2007 Time: 11:12
Bethlehem - Ma'an - An eminent field leader of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed group affiliated to the Islamic Jihad movement, on Sunday warned the Israeli occupation of committing any "folly" in the Gaza Strip.
In a press release that Ma'an received, the Al-Quds Brigades' leader said, "The Israeli threats to conduct a major ground operation in Gaza Strip will not achieve any of the goals which the occupation claims to seek."
He affirmed that all the military wings of the Palestinian resistance are ready to counter any expected aggression in the Gaza Strip.
The leader revealed that the Islamic Jihad-affiliated Al-Quds Brigades have prepared dozens of female fighters "ready to undertake operations and to blow themselves up at Israeli troops".
The brigades' electronic website published pictures of Palestinian women willing to blow themselves up.
One woman said, "I wish to be the first woman to blow myself after the next Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip."
The Gaza Strip has witnessed four operations of this kind. The first was on the 14th of January 2004 when the Hamas-affiliated Al Qassam Brigades woman, Reem Riashi, blew herself up in the Israeli intelligence room at Beit Hanoun crossing, killing four soldiers and injuring many.
The second operation was on the 21st March 2004 when Sana' Qdeih also from the Qassam Brigades detonated an explosive belt near a group of Israeli troops who had penetrated into the east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip.
The third operation was on the 6th of November 2006; an Al-Quds Brigades woman, Mervat Mas'ood, blew herself up by Israeli soldiers in Beit Hanoun.
In November 2006, Fatima Najjar from Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip, who became famous as 'the mother of women fighters', committed a suicide bombing in the presence of a group of Israeli soldiers, east of Jabalia.