Islamic Jihad is threatening to increase Qassam rocket fire should Israel carry out its plan to establish a security strip in north Gaza.
A security strip would mean that the Palestinian organizations would have closer targets to strike, Senior Jihad member in Gaza Khaled el-Batash said Sunday, adding that if Israeli artillery fire on north Gaza would continue, his group and others will respond with Qassam fire.
“The Israelis must understand that the security of their army bases and sensitive strategic infrastructures in Ashkelon is hinged on the safety of the Palestinian citizens,” he said.
“For every attack on Palestinians in Gaza, Israel will get more rocket and missile fire directed at their strategic posts.”
Islamic Jihad’s military wing, the al-Quds Brigades, said its members are continuously improving the rocket’ range, including the rocket that struck the “Zikim” army base near Ashkelon, injuring five Israeli soldiers.
“We will continue to push the Israelis back,” an Al-Quds spokesman vowed.
“Just as they retreated from Gaza, they will retreat from their bases on the border with Gaza to distance them from the range of the Palestinian organizations’ missiles.”
'Ministry will not succumb to Israel's dictations'
Al-Quds Brigades sources said the organization continues to prepare for the possibility of Israel forming a security strip, and that
A spokesman for the al-Quds Brigades said the rocket that landed in Zikim several days ago was a homemade, improved weapon. According to the spokesman, the next stage is to develop antiaircraft rockets that will be put to use in the event that Israel tries to establish an aerial security buffer zone as well.
The Palestinian Authority has also slammed Israel Sunday, for its intention to form a security strip in Gaza, and the PA's Interior and Security Ministry condemned the country.
The Palestinian Interior Ministry has ordered Palestinian security personnel to remain in their posts and carry on with their jurisdictional tasks.
"The ministry will not succumb to Israel's dictations. The national security officers must continue their operations under any conditions," a ministry source said.