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Prisoner Solidarity Network condemns Arouri assassination, says ‘resistance never dies’

Saleh Al-Arouri, the deputy head of the political bureau of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network has strongly condemned the assassination of the deputy head of the political bureau of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas by the Israeli regime, stressing that “resistance will never die.”  

“Prisoners’ institutions, in the name of all prisoners in the occupation’s prisons and those who have been released, mourn the national leader and martyr Sheikh Saleh Al-Arouri and his companions who were martyred alongside him,” the group said in a statement on Tuesday.

Samidoun went on to say that the killing of Arouri reflects the same “bankrupt policy” of assassination that Israel and imperialist powers have relied upon to undermine the Palestinian cause and the liberation movement since the inception of the colonial project in the region.

“The assassination of Arouri was not solely a Zionist crime. Arouri was at least in part targeted for his role and commitment to regional resistance unity and action, something viewed by the imperialist powers as a major threat to their ongoing hegemony and control across the region,” it stated.

The group further noted that Israel will not achieve any victory by assassinating a widely respected resistance figure, adding that this criminal act would only inspire greater resistance and struggle toward the defeat of the occupying regime.

“The message for which Saleh al-Arouri was targeted, the symbolism that he holds and the goals for which he gave his life remain, live on and become closer: commitment to unity, to the liberation of the prisoners, the land and the people, and intensification and development of resistance until victory, return and liberation,” it said.

Samidoun also pointed out that the occupying regime, which has been carrying out a genocidal campaign against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, has not been able to achieve any of its objectives, “let alone destroy the resistance that defends the land and people.”

Arouri was killed by an explosion in a building in the southern suburb of the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Tuesday, after an Israeli drone bombed the building with three missiles, killing six people and wounding several others.

He was known as the "architect" of the October 7 operation by Gaza's resistance groups.

The Israeli regime launched its devastating war on the Gaza Strip on October 7. The relentless military campaign has killed more than 22,000 people, most of them children and women. 

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