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Israel starts ground offensive in Shujaiyya, Beit Hanoun, Khan Younis
Islamic Jihad: Hamas asked officials to maintain ceasefire
Published Wednesday 22/01/2014 (updated) 24/01/2014 22:38
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas recently contacted officials in the Islamic Jihad movement to ensure the group observed the terms of a ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt in November 2012.

Jihad spokesperson Daoud Shihab told Ma'an that Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh telephoned Islamic Jihad secretary-general Ramadan Abdullah Shallah and his deputy Ziad al-Nakhalah to ensure the group maintained the ceasefire.

Egyptian officials have also been in contact with senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials concerning ceasefire arrangements, Shihab said.

"Israel gives itself the right to intervene in the Gaza Strip and take action against any resistance fighter, which is an attempt to disavow the ceasefire agreement of 2012," Shihab added.

Palestinian factions are "not interested in escalation, but if Israel insists and continues with targeted assassinations, they have to bear the consequences," the Islamic Jihad official said.

An Israeli airstrike on Wednesday killed two Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip.

A day earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to teach Hamas a lesson "very soon" after recent cross-border violence.

Over the past month, tensions have risen in and around Gaza after more than a year of relative calm following Israel's war on the coastal territory in November 2012 which killed over 170 people, mainly civilians, and injured thousands.

Since Dec. 20, six Palestinians and an Israeli have been killed in violence in and around Gaza.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
22/01/2014 19:11
Another indicator of Hamas' desperate economic situation, its shortages of military supplies and its fear of engaging Israel in another round of conflict.

2 ) Bemused / New Zealand
23/01/2014 03:44
So, Israel carries out a series of extra-judicial killings/assassinations with its usual impunity, to manufacture an excuse for another major offensive in Gaza, where the majority of victims will be civilians, as in 2012 and 2008-9. Foreigners are warned to leave, and if the resistance responds in SELF-DEFENSE - which it would certainly be - Israel brings down all the disproportionate force of its US-funded military machine armed with ILLEGAL weaponry to annihilate Palestinians in Gaza. Deja vu

3 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
24/01/2014 00:53
Bemused? US funded? Israel is the 3rd top arms exporter on the planet and has a GDP of $280 Billion. You may want to re-think your perspective.! Seeing as how Israel left Gaza in 2005 and then withstood an inceease in rocket, missiles and mortar shells pegged at 540% you will have a hard time trying to sell that "self defence" garbage. One doesnt use Faj'r-5 missiles against civilans in "self defence."

4 ) Mel / USA
24/01/2014 23:29
#3:RD/Israel:"One doesnt use Faj'r-5...against civilans in "self defence."? Why? It's resistance! Israel uses US-made F-16's/missiles,Drones/missiles,Apache Helos'/missiles,Bunker-Buster bombs,W/Phosphorous,TANKS,DIME(experimental weps),Fleshette weps,naval missiles,chem/bio weps etc at whim, on 1.8 MILLION civilians in Gaza, after spewing boo-hoo "self-defense" garbage". And,when butcher-Sharon pulled Jews from Gaza(to fill W/B)Israel bombed Gaza MORE,knowing Jews had gone. Fish in a bowl!
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