Islamic Jihad leader rules out Gaza ceasefire 2009-03-05 18:01:25   Print

Special Report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts         

    GAZA, March 5 (Xinhua) -- An Islamic Jihad leader Thursday ruled out imminent ceasefire with Israel following the killing of three militants in two airstrikes this morning and last night.

    "The escalation against the Palestinian fighters makes any talk on lull a sort of vanity," said Khader Habib, an Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza.

    Last night, Israeli airplanes targeted an Islamic Jihad commander who is said to be a rocket expert, killing him and wounding a second escort.

    On Thursday morning, two militants were also killed while firing mortars into Israel in central Gaza Strip.

    The new tension took place after Egypt failed to renew ceasefire between Israel and the armed Palestinian groups led by Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip.

    Habib warned of a new wave of attacks of the Palestinian militants in the coming days, condemning "the state of silence" by Arab countries.

    The eruption of violence came one day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the region and urged Israel to ease the blockade on the Gaza Strip for reconstruction following a 22-day large-scale offensive that killed more than 1,300 Palestinians in December and January.


Editor: Pliny
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