Islamic Jihad Claims it Sent Bomb-Laden Barrels to Israeli Beaches.
Islamic Jihad is claiming responsibility for sending two large explosive ch= arges contained in barrels which washed ashore on beaches in Ashkelon and A= shdod, Israeli media outlets reported on Monday.
The first barrel was discovered in Ashkelon on Monday morning, while the se= cond container was spotted as it washed ashore on a beach in Ashdod. Police= believe that the barrels arrived at the beach via the sea from the Gaza St= rip and are checking the possibility that it was intended to explode next t= o a ship or amongst beachgoers. The explosive charges were neutralized by s= appers.
Senior Hamas officials said Sunday the organization was seriously consideri= ng a change in strategy that would allow it to attack Israeli targets outsi= de Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
The Al Aqsa channel quoted a number of officials Sunday, including Osama Ha= mdan, who is in charge of Hamas' external relations, and Al Qassam Brigades= spokesman Abu Obeida, who spoke of the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh= in Dubai last week. Abu Obeida said that the assassination was meant to be= a message from Israel that its arm is long enough to strike at the very he= art of Arab states.