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Islamic Jihad leader slams Hamas for accepting Israeli-approved aid

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Palestinian supporters and members of the Islamic Jihad group take part in a rally marking the 33rd anniversary of the organization's founding, in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 6, 2020.
SAID KHATIB / AFPPalestinian supporters and members of the Islamic Jihad group take part in a rally marking the 33rd anniversary of the organization's founding, in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 6, 2020.

'The resistance must not play the role of an agent facilitating the work of citizens in Israel'

Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Secretary General Ziyad al-Nakhalah expressed outrage that Hamas accepts and facilitates the economic aid approved by Israel, saying that the aid provided by Egypt to Gaza was an attempt by Israel to "tame Gaza" with economic incentives, in an interview Wednesday evening with the Lebanese daily Al-Mayadeen, affiliated with Hezbollah.

"The resistance should not play the role of agent facilitating the work of the citizens within the Israeli entity," the PIJ leader said.

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"Israel wants to turn the West Bank and Gaza into warehouses for workers, and that's something we don't accept. Israel sees Gaza as a time bomb that it wants to dismantle, and the new facilities are part of this framework," al-Nakhalah said.

The PIJ chief stressed that the factions are "obliged to defend the Palestinians" and warned that Israel was trying to "separate Gaza from the West Bank and Jerusalem."

Al-Nakhalah also complained that the Palestinian Authority had a "negative attitude" toward popular and "resistance" movements in the West Bank.

The leader of the terrorist movement has warned Israel that the movement will fire rockets at Tel Aviv if a member or leader of the movement is targeted or murdered.

The threat comes after a PIJ member was killed in clashes with the IDF in the West Bank last week and two other PIJ members were killed in clashes with Israel in the West Bank in October.

Al-Nakhalah claimed that the terrorist organization could bomb all cities of Israel "at the same time" and warned that factions in the Gaza Strip had drones and workshops to manufacture them.

The PIJ chief underlined that factions in the Gaza Strip have succeeded in strengthening their military capacities since Operation "Guardian of the Wall."