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Islamic Jihad armed wing: No chance of truce

Aug. 25, 2011 9:13 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 26, 2011 10:39 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The military wing of Islamic Jihad has called on all of its members to attack Israel in response to the killing of three Al-Quds Brigades operatives in 24 hours.

"Our war with the occupation has begun and there is no possibility of discussing a truce," the group said in a statement after an airstrike killed two of its members late Thursday.

The operatives, Salim Al-Arabid and Alaa Hamdan, were killed by an airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip, according to witnesses and medics.

An Israeli military spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

The attacks came as five rockets struck the western Negev Thursday night and 12 rockets in the past 24 hours, according to the army.

Seven others have been killed and at least 30 injured in airstrikes during the same period.

The latest airstrikes come amid renewed cross border violence as hostilities flared following a series of shooting attacks in southern Israel last Thursday.

A fragile truce among Gaza militants was announced Sunday evening, but it came unstuck after Israel killed an Islamic Jihad field commander Tuesday amid sporadic rocket fire.

On Thursday, Islamic Jihad pledged that if Israel halted its airstrikes on Gaza, its militants would stop firing rockets into southern Israel, a spokesman told Agence France-Presse.

"If Israel stops its attacks, the Palestinian resistance will stop firing rockets," said Daoud Shihab after 24 hours of Israeli airstrikes targeting the faction left several militants dead.
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