Islamic Jihad said Sunday the week-old Gaza Strip cease-fire is on the verge of collapse, due to what it called repeated Israeli violations.
“The calm is on the edge of collapse due to the continued Zionist violations and the attacks against our Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza,” Abu Ahmed, a Gaza-based spokesman for the group’s armed wing, said in a statement.
“Nobody should blame [Islamic Jihad] for any reaction its brigades take in the coming hours in response to the violations by the Zionist occupation,” he said.
Abu Ahmed called on the Palestinian factions to “reconsider the tahadiyeh [short-term cease-fire] given the violations of the Israeli occupation and the declarations of [Defense Minister] Amir Peretz.”
Peretz told a cabinet meeting on Sunday that security forces will continue to operate in the West Bank.
Islamic Jihad accused Israel of “more than 70 violations” of the ceasefire but did not specify what they were.