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Palestinians vow to keep up retaliation until Israel stops aggression

File photo of fighters enlisted with the Palestinian resistance movement of the Islamic Jihad

The Islamic Jihad vows to keep up its retaliatory strikes against the occupied territories until the Israeli regime stops its deadly acts of aggression against the Gaza Strip, where the Palestinian resistance group is headquartered.  

The regime has assassinated dozens of Palestinians, including at least five of the movement's commanders since Tuesday, when it began to significantly escalate its airstrikes against Gaza. The al-Quds Brigades, the Islamic Jihad's armed wing, has fired hundreds of rockets towards the occupied territories in response, killing one Israeli and injuring several others.

Speaking on Thursday, Anwar Abu Taha, an Islamic Jihad spokesperson, warned that "our weapons, our resistance, and our missile strikes will not stop until the aggression stops, specifically the policy of assassinations against our leaders and our people.”

Taha said the intense reprisal served to send a strong message to the Israeli enemy that the Brigades and the resistance have many surprises in store, which can compel the regime to stop its continuous brutality.

"[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is delusional that the Islamic Jihad will weaken and be broken in light of the assassination of its military leaders, and we tell him that the Islamic Jihad, by assassinating its leaders, is getting stronger and sticking to the option of jihad and resistance," the Palestinian official noted.

"The enemy should not test our patience and strength, because we have a lot in store, and in this round, all the suburbs of Tel Aviv are under the range of missiles."

The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a regional grouping, likewise strongly condemned the continuation of the Israeli aggression, considering it to be a heinous crime and a flagrant violation of international law and international humanitarian law

It held the occupying regime fully responsible for the consequences of the continuation and escalation of its aggression and war crimes, saying the rise in the deadly Israeli violence constituted a threat to security, peace, and stability across the entire region.

The group, meanwhile, called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to accelerate those procedures that are aimed at prosecuting those who are responsible for war crimes.

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