Israeli sources reported that one residents of the Israeli Negev town of Sderot was killed on Friday evening by a homemade shell fired by Palestinian gunmen. The Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility for the attack.Israeli online daily, Haaretz, reported that the Israeli resident lived in Aza town.  Another Israeli was moderately wounded and two other suffered mild injuries.

It its report, Haaretz said that a radio controlled by Hamas movement in Gaza said that the movement was responsible for the attack but the Al Quds Brigades of the Islamic Jihad issued a press released claiming responsibility.

Israeli government spokesperson, David Baker, said that Hamas movement is responsible for any attack from the Gaza Strip “as the movement is clearly in control of the area and is responsible for all hostile fire into Israel”, Haaretz quoted Baker stating.  

Meanwhile, in its official press release, the Al Quds Brigades said that on Friday evening its fighters fired seven homemade shells at the Nahal Oz military post, Miftahim and Sdeort settlements.

The Brigades added that it carried these attacks “in retaliation to the ongoing crimes carried by the enemy against the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank”, and stated that it affirms “the Palestinian right of resistance and Jihad until liberating Palestine”.