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Palestinian resistance groups say Israel to pay dearly after deadly raid

In this file picture, members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement are seen during a military parade in Gaza City. (Photo by AFP)

Palestinian resistance groups have condemned the killing of two Palestinians by Israeli military fire during a raid in the occupied West Bank’s Jenin refugee camp, stressing that the Israeli enemy will certainly pay dearly for its criminal acts.

The Islamic Jihad resistance movement said in a statement that “its members will not spare any sacrifices on the path to final victory," adding that Mohammed Ayman al-Saadi and Naeem Jamal al-Zubaidi embraced martyrdom after treading the path of resistance against the occupying regime and confronting the enemy.

“Such pure blood will further invigorate the resistance front, will deal a stinging blow to the enemy and will awaken it to the extent of its heinous crimes,” the movement noted.

“This crime will not go unanswered, and resistance forces will make the enemy pay a heavy price. The Jenin Battalion will continue to carry out its sacred duty concerning defense of Palestinian lands and sanctities,” further said the statement.

Moreover, senior Hamas leader Ismail Radwan said, “The blood of latest martyrs will not be in vain, and will strengthen the resistance campaign against the occupying regime. The targeted killings that took place in Jenin will not go unpunished.”

“Resistance groups will figure out a proper way to respond to the crime, and will not allow the enemy to continue its crimes against holy places,” he said.

Radwan also called for increased battle against the occupying regime.

Additionally, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) pointed to the upsurge in Israeli crimes against the Palestinian nation, and emphasized that “the resistance front will take revenge for the Occupation's criminal acts.”

“The increasing number of raids on Palestinian camps proves that they are a fortress for resistance forces. The Zionist regime’s crimes will only boost up the strength and resilience of our people against such assaults,” the organization stated.

The Jenin Battalion of Islamic Jihad’s al-Quds Brigades said 27-year-old Zubaidi and 26-year-old Saadi were two of its leaders.

The bodies of the two men were carried by Palestinian crowds from Ibn Sina Hospital through the streets of the Jenin refugee camp.

Israeli forces have recently been conducting overnight raids and killings in the northern occupied West Bank, mainly in the cities of Jenin and Nablus, where new groups of Palestinian resistance fighters have been formed.

Since the start of 2022, Israeli troops have killed more than 200 Palestinians, including more than 50 children, in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds as well as the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to the United Nations, the number of Palestinians killed by Israel in the occupied West Bank this year is the highest in 16 years.

Local and international rights groups have condemned Israel’s excessive use of force and “shoot-to-kill policy” against Palestinians.

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