The military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has rejected a ceasefire with Israel unless the seven-year blockade on the Gaza Strip is removed.
Mohammad Deif, the commander of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, made the remarks in an audiotape broadcast on the al-Aqsa television network on Tuesday.
“There will be no ceasefire without lifting of the siege,” Deif said, adding, “Victory will be ours.”
The Israeli regime will never feel secure as long as the Palestinians are in pain, the Palestinian commander noted.
He also referred to rockets fired into Israel from Gaza, saying that the power balance has changed and Hamas is capable of striking back at Tel Aviv effectively.
Israeli warplanes have been carrying out incessant airstrikes against the blockaded Gaza Strip since July 8. On July 17, thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion into the densely-populated strip.
So far, more than 1,200 people have been killed and thousands others injured by the Israeli regime’s offensive against the coastal sliver despite pressure from the international community.
The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel.
Gaza has been blockaded since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standards of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.
The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.8 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.