The Palestinian Islamic Jihad said it would “resume fighting” if Israel violates a ceasefire
Mourners carry the bodies of Khaled Mansour and other Palestinians who were killed in Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, August 7, 2022 © AP / Yousef Masoud
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Ziyad Al-Nakhala said on Monday that his militants would take up arms again if Israel violates the terms of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that ended three days of airstrikes and rocket attacks.
Israel and the PIJ agreed on Sunday to a ceasefire, which came into effect shortly before midnight. The truce, facilitated by Egyptian negotiators, ended three days of rocket attacks by the PIJ and airstrikes by Israel, which left dozens of Palestinians dead.
In a speech on Monday, Al-Nakhala called the PIJ’s operation a “victory.” While no Israelis were killed by the 1,000 or so rockets his group launched from Gaza, Al-Nakhala said that the PIJ’s campaign nevertheless demonstrated “unity” among the various militant factions operating in Gaza.
Hamas, the largest of these groups and the governing authority of the Palestinian enclave, did not take part in the attacks.
Al-Nakhala told his supporters that “if the enemy does not abide by what we agreed on through the Egyptian mediator, we will resume fighting again, and God will do with us what he wills,” according to a translation published by several Israeli news outlets.