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Tension continues even after truce in Gaza; Hamas does not participate

Until the last minute before the agreed ceasefire time, Israel continued attacks on the Gaza Strip in response to Islamic Jihad rocket fire. Despite the truce, the region is one step away from falling, once again, into war. If it weren’t for Egypt’s efforts to negotiate, the bombing would hardly have stopped.

The last three days of conflict left 42 Palestinians dead and 300 hurt people. Two Islamic Jihad leaders have died: Tayssir al-Jabari and Khaled Mansour.

The first attacks took place on Friday (05), after tensions increased due to the arrest, on Monday of last week (01), of one of the group’s leaders in the West Bank, Basem al Sadi, in the refugee camp in the city of Jenin.

The 2.3 million inhabitants of Gaza, who, in May of 2021 faced the war of 11 days, once again found them in danger.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said that “Israel will not sit idly by”. “This government has a policy of zero tolerance for any attempted attack,” he concluded.

In turn, the Palestinian jihadists announced that they were ready for a war. “There are no red lines in this battle. I declare before the Palestinian people: Tel-Aviv will come under resistance missile attacks,” read the group’s first statement.

So far, Hamas – Palestinian Islamist movement in power in Gaza – did not enter the conflict. This may show that the group is not ready for a new war with catastrophic consequences like last year. But this situation also points to the fact that if Hamas decides to attack, there will be a major escalation in the conflict.

For now, spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum only announced that “the resistance is united in that battle” and condemned “the Israeli aggression”.

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