Report: Islamic Jihad Threatens To Break Gaza ‘Cease-Fire’ If Israel Stops New Flotilla

A senior official from the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad has reportedly threatened to break the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire that ended last summer’s conflict in Gaza if Israel stops any new flotillas attempting to break the naval blockade of the Strip. According to a Channel 2 report Sunday, senior Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batash said his group was closely monitoring a Swedish ship that has set sail toward the coastal Palestinian enclave. In comments cited by Channel 2 regarding the Swedish Marianne of Gothenburg – the first boat in the Freedom Flotilla III to leave for Gaza – al-Batas said he hoped the vessel would make the same uproar in the international arena as did the Turkish Mavi Marmara flotilla did in 2010. As the trawler left Sweden in May, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Israel will not allow unauthorized boats to enter its territorial waters.

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