The military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad stated on Sunday that Israeli violations of the 2012 ceasefire agreements might lead to its end.
Israel’s “continuous violations against our people may lead to the collapse of this agreement unless they stop immediately,” reads a statement of the Al Quds brigades, the Islamic Jihad military wing. The brigades also added that the Israeli strikes were the latest in a “long series of crimes” to which the militant group would respond at the appropriate time.
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.
According to the Israeli army the strikes “successfully targeted a terrorist operative” named Ahmad Saad, who it described as “a senior operative in the ‘Palestinian Islamic Jihad'” organization. The Israeli army added that Saad was a specialist “in rocket launching” and is “personally responsible for the launching of 5 rockets towards Ashkelon” on Thursday.
According to the Jerusalem Post, Israeli security sources said following the strike that Islamic Jihad, as the non-sovereign party in Gaza, was exploiting its position to attack Israel, and that the coming hours would determine whether Hamas would be able to exercise its authority as Gaza’s ruler to reinstate the truce with Israel.
The Israeli prime minister added “We are determined to preserve the quiet in the South. We do this through a policy of prevention and by responding powerfully against those who try to harm or hurt us. I suggest Hamas take our policy into account.”
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Sunday that Israel will not allow anyone to return it to a “routine” of rocket fire, warning that “those who try to do so will pay a very high price.”
“We see Hamas as being responsible for what occurs in the Gaza Strip, and if it does not know how to enforce its sovereignty on what takes place on the ground, we’ll keep hitting its interests,” he added. “I would not recommend that anyone in the Gaza Strip test our patience and determination to protect the security of Israeli civilians.”
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 Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian protesters near the border, injuring two.
Video: Israeli attack on Gaza, Thursday January 16
Taher al-Nunu, a media adviser to the Palestinian caretaker Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniah, also warned Israel of the continuing the military escalation on the Gaza Strip and claiming that that the escalation is a risky adventure and will not enable the occupation to achieve any victory. He also demanded the Israel to abide by what has been agreed upon in the November 2012 truce agreement.
In November 2012 Palestinian factions and Israel came to a ceasefire agreement that ended 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.
* This article was published by the Alternative Information Center (AIC)