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Islamic Jihad: Fighting in Gaza will continue until demands met

July 16, 2014 4:20 A.M. (Updated: July 17, 2014 7:01 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The military wing of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said on Wednesday that the fighting in Gaza will continue until the demands of the Palestinian resistance are met, a day after an attempt at a ceasefire with Israel fell through.

The al-Quds Brigades said in a statement that the all Israeli cities and towns would remain under fire," as the resistance has prepared for a long battle which the enemy could not have expected."

The statement said that the al-Quds Brigades had fired 864 missiles and shells at Israeli towns in the eight days since the conflict began.

The attacks included 273 Grad missiles, 32 Buraq missiles, 5 Fajr (5) missiles and one Kornet missile, a Russian-made anti-tank guided missile.

Although Palestinian groups including Islamic Jihad and Hamas have fired more than 1,200 rockets into Israel since fighting began, they have caused only minor damage, killing one Israeli civilian volunteering with soldiers near the border and injuring a soldier in two separate incidents.

Despite this, the rockets have caused widespread panic across Israel, as for the first time they have struck as far north as Tel Aviv and Haifa as well as Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Over the same period of time, Israel has killed 209 Palestinians in Gaza and injured 1,560 in around-the-clock air strikes in the besieged coastal enclave.

Also on Wednesday, Israeli news site Maariv said that Hamas and Islamic Jihad had offered Israel a 10-year truce if Israel agreed to 10 conditions primarily related to the lifting of a seven-year economic siege.
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