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Hamas leader urges Palestinians to resist Zionist fascism as movement marks 35th anniv.

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar on Wednesday called on Palestinians to resist “Zionist fascism” and brace for “uprooting the occupation” as thousands took part in a mass rally in the besieged Gaza Strip to mark the 35th anniversary of the founding of the resistance movement.

Addressing the public function to commemorate the 35th anniversary, Sinwar said Palestinian resistance movements are facing an “open confrontation,” adding that the apartheid Israeli regime insists on “turning the battle into a religious war.”

Stressing that Palestinians must be fully prepared to defend the nation, the Hamas leader said "all resistance forces and our nation must be ready to…uproot the occupation," drawing applause from the crowd.

The rally in al-Katiba Square, west of Gaza City, saw the participation of thousands of Hamas forces and supporters as well as members of other Palestinian resistance groups and military wings.

Sinwar lauded the Palestinian resistance group Lions' Den — a newly-formed faction established to confront the ongoing Israeli aggression and killings — and said, “They are not only in [the occupied West Bank city of] Nablus but all over the nation.”

He urged them to “stand in line and get prepared to resist the Zionist fascism and apartheid.”

Touching on the issue of hundreds of Palestinian inmates in the Israeli jails, the Hamas leader warned the occupying regime that there is “a limited time to finish the prisoners’ swap deal, otherwise the issue of detainees will be closed forever and another way to liberate the Palestinian detainees will be found.”

Speaking at the glamorous event, Abu Khaled Muhammad al-Deif, chief of staff of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, called for "unification of all factions for one goal and a great, noble and holy goal, which is the liberation of Palestine."

Deif assured the Israeli occupation and its supporters that they are "incapable of succeeding in what your fathers failed in, and it will be your end, the demise of your entity, and your sweeping away from our land."

Hamas urges UN, world to do justice to Palestinians

In a separate statement on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of its inception, Hamas called on the United Nations as well as the international community to do justice to the Palestinian people and their just cause of liberation from the illegal occupation.

The popular resistance movement urged support for the Palestinian people’s right to end the Israeli occupation and establish their independent state with al-Quds as its capital, as well as the right of return for refugees.

The Palestinian resistance movement also called for an end to the double-standard approach adopted by the international community towards occupied Palestine, including siding with the Tel Aviv regime against the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

Israel’s policies of using lethal force against Palestinians, extrajudicial killings that go unaccountable, and the vandalism and violence known as price tag attacks committed by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property have risen in recent years.

Since early 2022, the Israeli regime has stepped up its deadly aggression in the occupied Palestinian territories, killing more than 190 people across the West Bank and al-Quds, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Palestinians have vowed to ramp up their resistance operations in response to Israeli aggression, stressing that the regime's atrocities will not stop their resistance.

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