The Al Qudes brigade, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad issued a press statement saying that they fired 15 home-made Qassam shells from Gaza at nearby Israeli territory on Wednesday night and Thursday at dawn.The brigade said that the firing of home-made shells was in response to the Israeli army assassination of five resistance fighters in the West Bank on Wednesday.

The under-cover Israeli troops killed four Palestinian resistance fighters on Wednesday night in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, three of whom were from the Islamic Jihad.

Earlier in the day Israeli soldiers surrounded a house in Tulkarem city and killed one resistance fighter who was hiding there.