- - Wednesday, August 4, 2010


‘Palestinian factions’ blamed for rockets

CAIRO | Egypt said Wednesday that “Palestinian factions” were behind this week’s rocket attacks on Israel and Jordan, apparently implying that the rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula.

“An official Egyptian source said Palestinian factions from the [Hamas-controlled] Gaza Strip were behind the launch of five rockets on Aqaba and Eilat on Monday,” the MENA news agency reported.

The unnamed official said the findings were based on “preliminary investigations” but did not elaborate on the groups.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Egypt will never, under any circumstances, tolerate the use of its lands by any party to harm the country’s interests,” the news agency quoted the official as saying.

“Security efforts are being intensified to unravel the circumstances behind the firing of the five rockets,” the official said.

In Gaza City, senior Hamas official Salah al-Bardawil denied that the militant movement had fired the rockets. “The accusation that Hamas was behind the launch of these rockets is a lie,” he said in a statement.

“We demand that the Egyptian leadership investigate these [accusations], which provide a justification for the [Israeli] occupation to condemn Egypt and strike the Gaza Strip,” the statement said.


Darfur rebels want accord or self-rule

KHARTOUM | Darfur’s most active rebel group said Wednesday that it would demand self-determination for the devastated Sudanese region if conflict with the government continues, a spokesman told Agence France-Presse.

Justice and Equality Movement spokesman Ahmed Hussein Adam said the group, which withdrew from peace talks with Khartoum in May after renewed clashes with the military, said self-determination would be at the “center of our demands.”

“If there is no political horizon, if the genocide continues, if the government keeps denying human rights, democracy and rule of law, then we will have no other choice than to ask for self-determination for Darfur and Kordofan,” he said.

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