Report: Israel Threatens to Kill PIJ Leader if Rocket Fire Continues

Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Ziyad Al-Nakhaleh with Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Source: Wikimedia)

Israel has reportedly threatened to assassinate Damascus-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad al-Nakhala if the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip continues, a report by the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper claimed on Wednesday. 

Israel delivered the message through UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, the report said, citing “informed diplomatic sources.” The Special Envoy reportedly relayed the message to Egypt, asking that it convey it to the Islamic Jihad.

“If the PIJ continues to fire rockets at Israeli towns, Israel threatens to escalate assassinations, and that the secretary-general of the group is not safe from these threats: He is also a target,” the report quoted a source as saying. “But if the group stops firing rockets toward the settlements of the Gaza envelope and commits to a truce, Israel will abide by all the terms of the truce understandings and will also provide more facilities to the Gaza Strip.”

Syrian state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday that an Israeli airstrike hit the home of Islamic Jihad official Akram al-Ajouri in Damascus, killing two people including one of his sons. Al-Ajouri himself was not harmed.


[Sources: The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Press]