The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, issued a statement denouncing the Israeli assassination of two of its fighters, in northern Gaza, and holding Israel accountable for any future escalation.
Al-Qassam said the two fighters, Ahmad Abdullah Morjan, 23, and Abdul-Hafeth Mohammad Seelawi, 23, where killed in an Israeli bombardment in northern Gaza.
It stated that the two fighters were part of a military training in ‚ÄúAsqalan‚ÄĚ center, one of its training locations in northern Gaza, and that many Palestinians, including political leaders of Hamas, were in attendance.
Al-Qassam said that the training including the use of sniper fire, and explosives, and the fighters were practicing techniques when the Israeli army fired a shell at them, killing the two fighters.
‚ÄúIsrael is coming up with false allegations to justify its serious crime,‚ÄĚ Al-Qassam said, ‚ÄúWe hold the occupation fully responsible for this attack.‚ÄĚ
The Israeli army said the two Palestinians ‚Äúopened fire at Israeli soldiers,‚ÄĚ and published a video of the two fighters reportedly firing at soldiers, while Hamas said the allegation has no basis, as the fighters were training, and firing fixed targets.
Raw footage: Hamas terrorists shooting at IDF troops from an outpost in the Gaza Strip pic.twitter.com/3ybzw8w3jW
‚ÄĒ IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 7, 2018