Palestinian resistance groups have hailed the retaliatory operation near a synagogue in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied East al-Quds, describing it as a ‘direct response’ to the deadliest Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank in years.
Hamas said in a statement that Friday’s attack was “a natural response to the Jenin massacre, the desecration of the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque compound, and escalating Israeli crimes and aggression against our nation. It conveys the message to the occupying regime that Palestinians’ willpower cannot be undermined, their determination is steely, and their resistance is intensifying despite all the pains and sacrifices they are going through.”
“Our people will continue to strike the enemy's sites, barracks, and settlements. Resistance will remain the viable option of our people until full liberation of our land, sacred sites and restoration of all our legitimate rights. The qualitative operation took place at the illegal settlement of Nabi Yacov built on lands belonging to the Palestinian village of Beit Hanina,” the statement added.
A Palestinian man killed at least seven people and wounded 10 others at a synagogue on the outskirts of al-Quds on Friday, a day after a deadly Israeli raid in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. Nine Palestinians were killed, including an elderly woman.
A 22-year-old Palestinian man also was shot by Israeli forces in the town of al-Ram, north of al-Quds, on Thursday.
In the Jenin raid, which Palestinians have described as a “massacre”, at least 20 others were wounded with live ammunition. Four of them were in critical condition.
The Islamic Jihad resistance movement also praised the East al-Quds operation, saying in a statement that it “came at the right time and place to avenge the blood of martyrs in the Jenin camp and the West Bank. It was a natural and legitimate response to the crimes of the occupying regime, and violation of our sanctities.”
"The operation sent the strong message to the Israeli regime that the resistance front is fully prepare; it will not take long for our people to retaliate, and that the Tel Aviv regime's heinous crimes will not go unpunished at all," it said in a statement.
Moreover, the al-Quds Brigades, which is the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, stated that such operations express “the unity among different strata of the Palestinian society, the strong willpower of the Palestinian nation, and total rejection of the Israeli occupation.”
It added that the East al-Quds operation is “a natural and clear response to the presence of Israeli forces on the land of Palestine, and their brutal practices against Palestinian people in Jenin, Nablus, Gaza, al-Quds and elsewhere.”
Additionally, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) paid tribute to the heroic resistance fighters, stressing that the East al-Quds operation is the embodiment of the willpower of the Palestinian nation in confronting the Israeli occupation.
The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) stated that the operation at the illegal settlement of Nabi Yacov represents a practical and effective response to the crimes of the Israeli regime in Jenin camp and elsewhere across the Palestinian territories.
For its part, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said in a statement that the heroic operation in East al-Quds marks the beginning of a new phase of comprehensive popular resistance against Israel.