First the 1994 Nobel Peace and now: The 'Yasser Arafat' rocket

Monday, December 27, 2004

GAZA CITY The ruling Fatah movement has displayed what it calls its latest and greatest surface-to-surface missile.

The missile has been named "Yasser Arafat," after the late leader of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority and the 1994 co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Fatah spokesmen said "Al Yasser" contains a greater range and payload than any other Palestinian missile. But they did not elaborate.

"Al Yasser rockets show our love and admiration for our historical leader and symbol of our fight against occupation," Abu Qusai, a leader of Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, said.

Arafat was named the recipient of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize along with Israel's Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Fatah has claimed the development and production of several rockets and missiles over the last two years. But Israeli intelligence sources said most of the projectiles were copies of Hamas-origin missiles and weapons.

"The resistance factions have been competing to respond to crimes by the occupation through developing their tactics including rockets," Hamas spokesman Mushir Al Masri said.

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