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Hamas: Mass arrests by Israel won’t make Palestinians quit fighting

The file photo shows Israeli soldiers escorting a handcuffed Palestinian teen into a military vehicle. (By Wafa news agency)

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has condemned mass arrests of Palestinians by Israeli forces, stressing that the trend will not make the Palestinians give up the fight against the occupying regime.

In a statement on Wednesday, Hamas denounced the arrest of dozens of Palestinians, newly-released inmates, and resistance activists, including Sheikh Abdul Ghani Dwaikat, in the occupied West Bank by Israeli forces.

“These arrests do not deter the Palestinian people and its activists in the West Bank from the Zionist occupiers from continuing to resist and intensify the fight against the occupying enemy,” Hamas said.

In the early hours of Wednesday, Israeli forces arrested dozens of Palestinians in coordinated raids on several cities and towns in the occupied West Bank.

Hamas said these arrests were carried out in the context of the continuous aggression and organized repression of the Zionist occupiers against the Palestinian nation.

The resistance movement said these acts of aggression would not succeed in defeating the growing resistance of Palestinians and would not affect their determination to confront the occupiers.

Israeli prison authorities keep Palestinian inmates under deplorable conditions lacking proper hygienic standards. The prisoners have also been subjected to systematic torture, harassment and repression.

Human rights organizations say Israel violates all the rights and freedoms granted to prisoners by the Fourth Geneva Convention.

There are reportedly more than 7,000 Palestinians held at Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have been apparently incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention.

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