A senior Islamic Hamas movement leader on Thursday said the anti-Israel marches of return will continue in eastern Gaza Strip on the border with Israel, an official said in a statement.
Hammad al Reqeb, a Hamas leader in Gaza, said that the marches of return and breaking the Israeli blockade that has been imposed on the Gaza Strip for 12 years would go on effectively.
“Activities of marches and protests in eastern Gaza Strip will go on and will increase on Friday and there will be no retreat,’’ Al Reqeb added.
The Palestinian High Commission of the Marches of Return and Breaking the Siege has, however, announced the marches of return in eastern Gaza Strip will go on until it achieves its goals.
The commission called in a press statement on the populations of the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave to gather in eastern Gaza Strip on Friday close to the border with Israel for more anti-Israel protests and demonstrations.
On Wednesday, Israeli war jets attacked 20 targets that belong to militant groups in the Gaza Strip in response to firing a rocket from the enclave into southern Israel, causing severe destruction to several Israeli houses.
In one of the airstrikes on northern Gaza Strip, one 26-year-old Palestinian man was killed and three injured.
Hamas and other minor militant groups said on Wednesday in a joint statement that they were not responsible for the rocket which was fired from Gaza and landed into southern Israel.
Well-informed Palestinian sources close to Hamas in Gaza said that intensive contacts conducted by Egypt and the UN “prevented a 4th large-scale Israeli war that was going to be waged on the Gaza Strip.’’
Meanwhile, an Egyptian security source said that the visit of the chief of the Egyptian Security Intelligence Gen. Abbas Kamel to Gaza to mediate calm between Hamas and Israel was not cancelled.
“A new date for Gen. Kamel’s visit to Gaza will be arranged on the light of the ongoing contacts with Tel Aviv, Ramallah and Gaza soon,’’ the source said.
However, Palestinian security sources in Gaza said Kamel’s visit to Gaza again, which was scheduled on Thursday and was called off due to escalation of violence is linked to security developments on the ground.