World Bulletin / News Desk
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement said Wednesday that it had established contacts in recent days with both Hamas and Egyptian intelligence with the aim of maintaining a 2012 ceasefire inked between Hamas and Israel.
"Hamas and Islamic Jihad have nothing to do with [recent] Israeli escalations," group spokesman Dawoud Shehab told Anadolu Agency.
Two Palestinians, including a prominent activist, were killed early Wednesday in an Israeli raid in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, a security official said.
According to the official, an Israeli jet targeted a vehicle on Beit Hanoun's Al-Seka Street, killing Ahmed Mohamed al-Za'anin, a leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Mahmoud Youssef al-Za'anin.
Shehab said his group had reiterated its commitment to the ceasefire to Egyptian intelligence.
"Our commitment must be met with a similar commitment by the [Israeli] occupation," he said. "This means that continued calm strongly depends on Israel."
He said Israeli escalations had not ended, even after his group and Hamas had contacted the Egyptian side.
Answering a question about whether Palestinian factions could react to Israeli strikes, Shehab said this would depend on developments on the ground.
Tensions mounted between Hamas and Israel in mid-January following more than a year of relative calm brought about by a 2012 Egypt-brokered ceasefire deal, which ended an eight-day Israeli onslaught against the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli army claims that Hamas has fired eight rockets at Israel since the beginning of the year. In reaction to the alleged Hamas rockets, the self-proclaimed Jewish state has launched a number of strikes against Palestinian targets.Last Mod: 23 Ocak 2014, 09:19