Hamas: We're Committed to the Truce

Senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk says the group is committed to the ceasefire, claims Israel 'has repeatedly violated the agreement'.

Ben Ariel ,

Moussa Abu Marzouk
Moussa Abu Marzouk
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Senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk said on Saturday night that the terrorist group was committed to the ceasefire reached with Israel at the end of Operation Protective Edge, accusing Israel of violating the ceasefire.

“We in Hamas are committed to the ceasefire, as long as Israel is,” Abu Marzouk wrote on Facebook, according to the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC).

“We of course know the enemy has hostile policies. It's violating all what we agreed upon during indirect talks mediated by Egypt,” he charged.

“Israel has repeatedly violated the ceasefire agreement; those violations must end,” Abu Marzouk added.

“In general, should the enemy be committed to ceasefire, then we are also committed; the latest bombardment came after a shell was fired into Ashkelon,” he stated. “We are working with all resistance groups to remain committed to ceasefire so that we don’t give the enemy a chance to bombard border areas, or other areas in Gaza.”

He also said that Hamas is interested is maintaining calm and avoiding any escalation in the area, and added that “should Israel continue its violations, then all options are open; we can deal with any situation that emerges.”

The comments came after Israeli aircraft hit Gaza, for the first time since the August truce.

A spokesman for Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry said there were no casualties in the airstrike, which came just hours after a Gaza rocket hit an open field in southern Israel on Friday without causing casualties or damage.

It was the third instance of rocket fire from Gaza since the August 26 truce between Israel and the territory's Islamist de facto rulers Hamas.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu later declared that he would not overlook a single rocket fired at Israeli civilians.

"Israel's security comes first and I will not overlook even one rocket fired at Israelis," Netanyahu said. "The Air Force responded by firing on a concrete plant which was used to rehabilitate terror tunnels destroyed in Operation Protective Edge."

"Hamas will be held responsible for any escalation to come," he warned. "We will guard Israel's security."