Islamic Jihad threatens Israel after Gaza attack: 'We are heading to battle'

Tel Aviv will be "one of the targets of the resistance's missiles, and the coming hours will prove to the enemy that all the forces of the resistance are one."

 Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants take part in a rally to celebrate the shooting attacks in Israel, in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip April 8, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA)
Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants take part in a rally to celebrate the shooting attacks in Israel, in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip April 8, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA)

In a first response to IDF strikes against Gaza in which a top Islamic Jihad member was killed, the Iranian-backed terrorist group said on Friday that “the enemy has started a war targeting our people.”

The group said in a statement that the Palestinians won’t allow Israel to implement its policies that are “aimed at undermining the resistance.”

Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Ziyad al-Nakhalah, in a first comment, said: “We are heading to battle, and there is no truce after this airstrike. The results of this war will be in favor of the Palestinian people. The enemy should expect a battle, not a truce.”

"We are heading to battle, and there is no truce after this airstrike. The results of this war will be in favor of the Palestinian people. The enemy should expect a battle, not a truce."

Ziad al-Nakhalah

Nakhalah, who is based in Damascus, said that Tel Aviv will be “one of the targets of the resistance’s missiles, and the coming hours will prove to the enemy that all the forces of the resistance are one.”

 A Palestinian firefighter fights the blaze amid the destruction following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City, on August 5, 2022. (credit: MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images) A Palestinian firefighter fights the blaze amid the destruction following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City, on August 5, 2022. (credit: MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images)

Hamas reacts

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum threatened that all the armed groups in the Gaza Strip will respond to the Israeli military strikes.

“The resistance, with all its military arms and factions, is united in this battle and will say its word with full force,” Barhoum said. “It is no longer possible to accept the continuation of this situation as it is.”