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Islamic Jihad committed to ceasefire in spite of Israeli violations

Oct. 15, 2008 11:30 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 15, 2008 11:30 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Islamic Jihad remains committed to the Gaza Strip ceasefire in spite of Israel's violations of the June agreement, a spokesperson for the movement's military arm said on Wednesday.

"Palestinian resistance has not so far retaliated for Israel's violations of the ceasefire only to avoid disagreement amongst resistance factions," said Abu Ahmad, the spokesperson of the Al-Quds Brigades said in a press statement.

"Israel has violated ceasefire the several times, Al-Quds Brigades calculate these violations one at a time, and we update Palestinian people on them," he added.

He explained that his military organization agreed to ceasefire in an attempt to help the besieged Gaza Strip to get the minimum requirements of life which almost vanished as a result of Israel's crippling siege. "We were interested in opening border crossings, specifically the Rafah crossing which is the only outlet to the external world," he added.

Abu Ahmad says his group was disappointed that Gaza's borders were not opened as expected. The Rafah crossing is open "one day, but remain closed for ten days."

The spokesperson said that his organization is taking advantage of the ceasefire to hold intensive training courses for its fighters to improve their skills and prepare them for any future confrontation with Israeli forces.

"What is going on in Jerusalem and Acre as well as other cities occupied in 1948, is continuation of Israel's plans against Palestinian resistance in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip," Abu Ahmad added.

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