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Islamic Jihad says Israel reneges on ceasefire terms, threatens escalation

The Gaza-based group expects the release of prisoners, and calls on Egypt to clarify agreement.
Palestinians gather around a burnt-out car after explosions destroyed five cars belonging to members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, witnesses and a security source said, Gaza City, Gaza Strip, July 19, 2015.

Islamic Jihad has recently expressed dissatisfaction with Israel repudiating the terms of the Egyptian-brokered truce agreement reached Aug. 7 between the two sides following the three-day escalation in the Gaza Strip.

Israel launched an offensive against Islamic Jihad members and leaders in Gaza Aug. 5, following the security tension that prevailed against the backdrop of the arrest of Bassam al-Saadi, one of the group’s leaders in the West Bank, by Israeli forces Aug. 2. 

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