|Um-al-Abed, a woman who claimed to be speaking for the terrorist group, told reporters on Monday at a news conference in Gaza that "We have so far recruited 100 women for the new unit."
Several masked women who said they were Fatah members were also present at the gathering. "We are expecting more female suicide bombers," said Um-al-Abed, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post.
She said the women were planning to carry out attacks in response to the IDF military operations in Gaza. "The new unit is now preparing to launch attacks against Israel in retaliation for the Israeli aggression and crimes against our people in the Gaza Strip," she said.
Apparently Israelis are not the only targets, however. Um-al-Abed delivered a veiled threat to Hamas terrorists who have attacked Fatah militants, focusing her remarks on the death of Al-Aksa Martys Brigades member Haitham Rai who was assassinated by Hamas members over the weekend. Rai was kidnapped by 30 masked terrorists and shot by a firing squad in the local cemetery as part of the ongoing tensions between the two groups.
"We know the identity of the murderers," she warned, "and we urge the Palestinian government to take immediate action against them. If the government fails, the Al-Aksa Martys Brigades will punish the Hamas culprits in our own way."
Seven women have carried out suicide bombing attacks in Israel since September 2000; four were members of Fatah, one was a member of Hamas and two were members of Islamic Jihad. A total of 37 Israelis have been murdered and more than 250 injured by the seven female terrorists.