Skip to main content
Live blog update| Gaza Under Attack

Islamic Jihad chief says fighting will resume if group's conditions not respected

Ziyad Nakhla, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement's secretary-general, has vowed that if the group's conditions for the ceasefire were not respected by Israel, the fighting would resume.

Speaking at a press conference from Iran, where he is visiting, Nakhla said the deal was agreed under the condition that two high-ranking Islamic Jihad officials from the occupied West Bank were released from Israeli detention. 

The first is Khalil Awawdeh, who has been on hunger strike for more than 145 days protesting against his administrative detention by Israel. 

Awawdeh will be transferred to the hospital on Monday and from there go to his home, Nakhla confirmed. 

The other prisoner is Bassam al-Saadi, whose arrest last week in Jenin sparked tensions that led to the recent round of fighting.

Nakhla claimed victory, saying that Israel's declared goal of destroying the PIJ had failed.