Jihad announces responsibility for attack against Israeli warship GAZA, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- The military wing of The Islamic movement of Jihad, Jerusalem brigades, announced on Saturday its responsibility of an attack against an Israeli warship early this morning at the northern area of Gaza strip near Erez.
The movement said that two of its members were responsible for a martyrdom operation using a booby-trapped boat against a "Wasp" warship which belongs to the Israeli navy force and was stationed in the middle of the Mediterranean opposite to Dugit settlement north of the strip.
A statement issued by the movement said the explosion caused serious injuries to four Israeli soldiers and damage to the boat.
The two Palestinians died in the attack, said the statement.
The Jerusalem brigades distributed a video tape this morning in Gaza of those responsible for the attack, Jamal Ismail, 21, from Al-Barij camp and Mohammed Al-Masri,19, from Bait Hanon giving their final testimony. Meanwhile, The Israeli army said the three soldiers were wounded during the attack.
Israeli sources said the warship was seriously damaged when a Palestinian driving a fishing boat near the ship blew it up.
Today, the Israeli forces banned Palestinian fishermen from heading to the sea and revoked their fishing licenses in Rafeh area.
In a related development, Israeli Army spokesman said the explosion took place opposite to Dugit settlement northern the strip and the wounded were taken to hospital for treatment. (end) zt.ohd KUNA 231150 Nov 02NNNN