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Islamic Jihad says ready to respond to any Israeli escalation in Gaza

Iran Press TV

Thursday, 27 August 2020 8:47 AM

The Palestinian resistance movement Islamic Jihad has warned Israel against further escalation of its attacks against the besieged Gaza Strip, saying it stands fully prepared to respond to any act of aggression by the regime's military.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Gaza-based resistance group reiterated its commitment to efforts towards breaking the unjust siege of Gaza, which has been the target of relentless aggression and acts of terror by the Tel Aviv regime.

The Palestinian group emphasized that it would not give up its efforts to develop its military capabilities despite all the restrictions and siege.

"We will not lay down our arms and are fully ready to respond to any aggression," the statement said.

The continued delay in implementing the conditions related to agreements for cease fire and ending and the siege would lead to an "explosion" for which the occupation would bear full responsibility, the statement said.

Since early August, the Israeli war machine has been pounding Gaza either by its warplanes or through artillery fire, claiming that the attacks were mainly in response to incendiary balloons sent from Gaza to cause bush fire in the southern parts of the occupied territories.

In parallel, the regime has also tightened the siege of Gaza by shutting down Kerem Shalom, the crossing bringing in the majority of the enclave's requirements, and barring fishing along Gaza's coast.

The coastal sliver, home to some two million people, has been under an Israeli-imposed crippling siege since June 2007, which has caused a decline in the living standards as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty there.

Israel has also launched three major wars against the enclave since 2008, killing and wounding thousands of Gazans each time and shattering the impoverished territory's already poor infrastructure.

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