Hamas says the Palestinian resistance front will not quit fighting Israel until the occupied territories are fully liberated.
The resistance movement's spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, said in a press briefing on Sunday that Israel’s latest episode of brutality against the besieged Gaza Strip was criminal and provocative, adding that it was “another round of the ongoing and intense confrontation with the Israeli occupying regime.”
Barhoum said what happened in Gaza was proof that normalization with Israel poses a great danger to the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights.
Hamas has time and again censured Arab states over signing normalization agreements with Israel. The resistance movement says the regime is exploiting the deals in order to press ahead with its aggression against Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and elsewhere across the region.
Tensions have skyrocketed across the coastal sliver and the occupied territories since Friday, when Israel carried out airstrikes against Gaza City. Over 40 people, more than a dozen children included, have been killed.
Two commanders of the Islamic Jihad movement have also been killed.
Gaza’s Health Ministry says more than 300 people have been wounded.
The Islamic Jihad has responded by firing hundreds of rockets towards the occupied territories.
An Egypt-brokered truce took effect on Sunday at 11:30 p.m. local time (20:30 GMT). Islamic Jihad confirmed the timing of the ceasefire, but said it "reserves the right to respond to any Zionist aggression."
The escalation was the worst to involve the two sides since the regime’s last war on the enclave that took place in May 2021.