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Islamic Jihad: Strikes on Gaza may lead to end of ceasefire
Published Sunday 19/01/2014 (updated) 21/01/2014 09:45
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The military wing of a Palestinian faction said Sunday that Israeli violations of a ceasefire with Gaza might lead to the ceasefire's end, the same day Israeli airstrikes injured two in the Strip.

Israel's "continuous violations against our people may lead to the collapse of this agreement unless they stop immediately," the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement said in a statement.

The al-Quds Brigades said the Israeli strikes were the latest in a "long series of crimes" to which the militant group would respond at the appropriate time.

The group said Israel would pay a heavy price for further attacks on Gaza.

Earlier Sunday, a young Palestinian man and a child were injured after Israel launched three strikes against the Gaza Strip.

A spokesman for Gaza's Ministry of Health told Ma'an that a 22-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy were hospitalized due to injuries sustained by the strike.

The Israeli army said in a statement that the strikes "successfully targeted a terrorist operative" named Ahmad Saad, who it described as "a senior operative in the 'Palestinian Islamic Jihad'" organization.

The statement added that Saad was a specialist "in rocket launching" and is "personally responsible for the launching of 5 rockets towards Ashkelon" on Thursday.

An Israeli military spokesperson said the attacks came after a homemade shell fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the Western Negev.

The airstrikes come days after four Palestinian children and a woman were injured in an Israeli bombing on Gaza early Thursday, and a day after after Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian protesters near the border, injuring two.

An Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement was reached in November 2012 between Palestinian factions and Israel to end over a week of fighting which left over 170 Palestinians dead and thousands injured. Six Israelis were also killed during the fighting.

Since the agreement, Israeli forces have shot dozens of Gazans in border areas, and have launched frequent incursions.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.
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1 ) E / usa
19/01/2014 17:41
Empty threats by empty people. Say thank you that you still exist and israel didn't wipe you off

2 ) stephanie / usa
19/01/2014 18:20
what ceasfire? why do these groups think that a ceasfire is in effect? if hamas has a ceasefire agreement, and islamic jihad fires 2 rockets the ceasefire is broken. last week alone 6 rockets flew into israel from gaza, the number is higher if you look elsewhere

3 ) Paul / Kenya
19/01/2014 18:40
I am sure Israel is trembling in their boots. You shhot rockets into Israeli civilian areas & have the audacity to cry & moan when Israel hits back. Wait for Cast Lead 111.

4 ) Moira / USA
19/01/2014 19:18
Has nobody asked the military wing of ''a'' Palestinian faction, if they like living in rubble for the near future?

5 ) Arnold / Canada
19/01/2014 19:25
"The group said Israel would pay a heavy price for further attacks on Gaza." That statement in the past has actually led to the opposite. Gaza has been the one to pay the heavy price for their attacks of Israel.

6 ) Mel / USA
19/01/2014 19:41
Israel never intends for ceasefires of any kind.Its aim is unilateral ATTACK on anyone who resists its expansion,land-resources theft & cruel subjugation of all remaining NON-Jews,which is extremely dangerous for ALL Jews who passively accept Absolutist Zionism.Zionism is a nazi wolf,hiding under the sheep-like-victim cloak of the holocaust,while it carries out SIMILAR unforgiveable acts on non-Jews since 1945.MORE FOOL &SHAME on D.C. for patroning such racist hatred. But what's new about that?

7 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
19/01/2014 20:44
PIJ has already admitted Sa'ad is a senior member. Why is Ma'an inferring he was a civilain? Please report news, not propaganda.

8 ) Tibi / Tubas
19/01/2014 21:24
Israel: Hamas' "Strikes on Israel already lead to end of ceasefire".

9 ) Outlier / USA
20/01/2014 00:02
I call BS. With Iran and Syria on the sidelines, and the tunnels essentially closed, Hamas and Islamic Jihad cannot afford to go another round with the ID. However, shooting missiles and mortars at Israel may make this a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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