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Terrorism: Al-Qaeda leader calls for more attacks on Israel




Dubai, 5 June (AKI) - By Hamza Boccolini - Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's second-in-command, has called on Palestinians to increase attacks on Israel and other countries that support its blockade of the Gaza Strip.

In an audio message released to mark the 41st anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War, al-Zawahiri said increased suicide and rocket attacks were the only way to end Israel's blockade.

But the 11-minute message, entitled 'Remembering the relapse, break the Gaza embargo', seems to contain a coded message that paves the way for new attacks on tourist areas, in Egypt and other countries such as Italy.

While focusing on Israel, the Egyptian-born leader also condemned his own country for its role in enforcing the embargo on the people of the Gaza.

"I say to Muslim brothers in Gaza that those who enforce this embargo on you are criminal traitors, enemies of Allah and they have the authority above all of (Egyptian President) Hosni Mubarak," al-Zawahiri said.

"Muslim brothers in Sinai, I ask you to help your brothers in Gaza and take part in the battle that would crush this regime that surrounds the brothers in Gaza."

"They have allowed 50,000 Israeli tourists to pass through for the Jewish Passover and bring their corruption into Sinai.

"They are stopping the brothers in Gaza from receiving food or medicine while allowing Israeli tourists to pass through without a visa."

The message said to be from the Egyptian-born al-Qaeda deputy was posted on Islamic internet forums on Wednesday.

Israel occupied the West Bank, including Arab East Jerusalem, Gaza, the Sinai and the Golan Heights during the war.

"Step up your martyrdom-seeking operations, and increase your missiles and ambushes, as there is no solution but this.

"Salvation of the Muslim nation is through the march of its sons on the path of jihad."

Al-Qaeda has vowed attacks on Jews both from within, and outside, Israel.

"Do not go backwards, double your suicide attacks and the number of missiles you launch and the ambushes against Israel. There is no other solution," he said.

"The brothers in Iraq and Afghanistan have already defeated America and with this you cannot lose hope."

The release of the audio message follows recent statements attributed to Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda's leader, putting more emphasis on the Palestinian issue.

Last week, a tape reported to be from bin Laden tape urged Muslims to break the blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and fight Arab governments that deal with Israel.

Al-Zawahiri urged Muslims to support fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq group, which he said posed the biggest threat to US-led forces in the country, in the last message attributed to him on April 22.


 

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