Resistance only way to liberate Palestinians from Israel: Hamas

A senior Hamas official says resistance is the only way to liberate Palestinians from Israeli atrocities and rights violations, which have been escalated in recent days.

Addressing a Friday rally in the besieged Gaza Strip, Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri urged Palestinians to stand up to the atrocities of the Israeli regime.

Masri also condemned Israel’s killing of Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

His remarks came hours after Israeli forces killed at least six Palestinians and wounded over a dozen others in Gaza.

Their blood will inspire a new Intifada (uprising) against the Tel Aviv regime, Masri said, calling for unity among all Palestinians in the face of Israel’s aggression.

Tensions have been running high in the occupied lands of Palestine following Tel Aviv’s imposition on August 26 of sweeping restrictions on entries into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and Israeli settlers’ repeated attacks on the holy place.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound, located in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds, is a flashpoint holy Islamic site. The location of the compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. The mosque is Islam’s third holiest site after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Fourteen Palestinians have lost their lives and some 1,000 others have been injured in Israeli attacks in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since the beginning of October, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Friday.

Call for Security Council meeting

Meanwhile, Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour called on the Security Council to hold an emergency meeting following the latest Israeli attacks against Palestinians.

Describing the Israeli killing of Palestinians as “disgraceful”, Mansour said Palestinians expect the Security Council to issue a resolution to condemn the Israeli aggression.

Anti-Israeli rally in Jordan

Hundreds of people took to the streets of the Jordanian capital Amman on Friday to show solidarity with Palestinians and denounce Israel’s ongoing assaults.

Police clashed with protesters to stop them from walking towards the Israeli embassy. Security forces arrested a number of the demonstrators.

In another development, Jordan’s Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammad Momani slammed the Tel Aviv regime for the killing of Palestinians during the “ongoing Israeli aggression,” the Jordanian news agency Petra reported.

Momani further called on the international community to take urgent steps to compel Israel to stop its attacks, and warned of the consequences of continued raids by Israeli forces.

Egypt’s condemnation

Also on Friday, the Egyptian government censured the excessive use of force by Israeli forces against the Palestinians.

“Egypt demands that Israel as an occupation force provide the necessary protection for the Palestinian people. They should also stop the repetitive attacks that only lead to more tension for the Palestinian people,” read an official statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.


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