Islamic Jihad: Israel ‘broke’ truce
BETHLEHEM — Islamic Jihad said it would retaliate after Israeli forces killed a member of its armed wing in Gaza late Saturday, hours before the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha began.
“Israel has again broken the truce” agreed by Gaza factions after Israeli strikes killed 12 people in two days last week, spokesman Daoud Shihab said in Sunday’s statement.
Shihab warned of Israeli escalation during the Eid holiday, which began on Sunday.
Islamic Jihad will take “revenge” for Israel’s firing on the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, which killed a 26-year-old member of the group’s Al-Quds Brigades, and injured two others, Shihab said.
All Palestinians reject the killing of their people and the attempt to ruin the festivities of Eid, he added.
GAZA CITY — Israeli forces shelled the eastern Shujaiyeh district of Gaza City on Monday, with medics reporting three people were injured.
Witnesses told Ma’an that up to 10 shells were fired from the direction of Israeli crossing Nahal Oz to the east of the city throughout the morning.
Medics said three people were transferred to Shifa hospital in Gaza City.
An Israeli army statement said soldiers fired towards “a terrorist squad planting two explosive devices adjacent to the security fence… confirming a hit.”
An Egyptian-brokered truce between Gaza factions and Israeli forces was declared “broken” by Islamic Jihad on Sunday after a 26-year-old member of its armed wing was killed by Israeli forces late Saturday.
The Oct. 30 truce came after Israeli strikes killed 12 people in the Gaza Strip in two days, and Gaza militants fired a volley of rockets and mortars into southern Israel, killing one Israeli in Ashkelon, in the worst flareup on the border in several months.