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Jenin raid: Hamas reaffirms 'unbroken resistance' against Israeli regime

Smoke billows from the aftermath of the alleged detonation of a Palestinian explosive charge on an Israeli armored vehicle during an Israeli raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank on June 19, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has reiterated after the latest Israeli aerial raids on the occupied West Bank city of Jenin that atrocities committed by the Tel Aviv regime cannot undermine the Palestinian resistance.

Hamas further stressed in a Monday statement that the firing of missiles from Israeli helicopters during a raid conducted earlier in the day by Israeli forces against Jenin "reflects the weakness" of the occupying regime to confront the resistance fighters,  and proved that "the resistance of our people will not be broken."

Israeli forces, backed by Apache helicopters, raided Jenin earlier on Monday sparking clashes with resistance fighters. The firing of missiles during the raid has been unprecedented in the past two decades.

Israeli special forces killed four Palestinians, including a child, and wounded dozens of others during the raid.

Hamas further stressed that Palestinian resistance fighters in the occupied West Bank are well prepared to respond to any Israeli offensive at any cost, noting that the regime's atrocities will not undermine the Palestinian's determination to defend their rights and homeland.

Referring to UN Resolution 37/43, Hamas reiterated that Palestinian people have "a legitimate right" to resist the Israeli regime in their quest for freedom.

The UN resolution, according to the statement, reaffirms "the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, including armed struggle."

In reaction to the latest deadly raid, the Islamic Jihad resistance movement called for mass protests in Gaza to show support for Jenin and its fighters.

Israeli forces have recently been conducting near-nightly 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.

An official with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) condemned the Israeli regime's latest practices as "an open war" waged on Palestinians.

“A fierce and open war is being waged against the Palestinian people ... by the occupation forces,” Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the PLO, Hussein al-Sheikh, said in a tweet on Monday.

“We are in the midst of a comprehensive battle on all fronts that requires the unity of our people in the face of this aggression,” he added.

Israeli forces detain 14 Palestinians

Also on Monday, Israeli forces made several arrests in the occupied West Bank.

According to Palestinian sources, 14 Palestinians were detained during Israeli raids in several areas across the West Bank, including Jenin and Nablus.

The Israeli military frequently carries out wide-ranging arrest campaigns across the West Bank under the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

Thousands of Palestinians are held in Israeli prisons. Hundreds have been jailed under the practice of administrative detention, which allows incarcerating Palestinian inmates without trial or charge.

Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to eleven years.

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