Last updated: 12 March, 2014

Hamas says Israel responsible for escalation

Hamas said Wednesday it holds Israel responsible for any “escalation” in the Gaza Strip, after militants from Islamic Jihad fired more than 50 rockets at the south of the Jewish state.

“We hold the occupation responsible, we warn of the consequences of any escalation and we reiterate that resistance is the right of the Palestinian people to defend itself,” said Ihab al-Ghassin, a spokesman for the Islamist movement Hamas, which governs Gaza.