Islamic Jihad claims truce with Israel, more rockets launched

A Qassam rocket in Sderot. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Islamic Jihad claims a truce with Israel following the Palestinian terror group’s recent barrage of at least 60 rockets. Yet several more rockets on top of Wednesday’s initial attack were fired at Israel, Ynet reported. 

According to reports, Egyptian mediators brokered a truce with Islamic Jihad.

“Following intensive Egyptian contacts and efforts, the agreement for calm has been restored in accordance with understandings reached in 2012 in Cairo,” Islamic Jihad member Khaled al-Batsh wrote on his Facebook account. The 2012 Cairo agreement refers to the truce mediated by Egypt to end Operation Pillar of Defense.

In response to the announcement by Islamic Jihad, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Thursday that “quiet would be met with quiet,” but that no truce had been formally established.

Ya’alon added, “If provocations continue, we will know how to pound whoever needs to be pounded.”

“We do not seek an escalation but we will not resign ourselves to any provocation from the organizations in Gaza,” he said.

Posted on March 13, 2014 .