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Hamas vows retaliation to Israeli attacks amid tension

Members of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas, take part in a military parade on the third anniversary of Israel's attacks on Gaza in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 20 July 2017 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]
Members of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas, take part in a military parade on the third anniversary of Israel's attacks on Gaza in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 20 July 2017 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

The armed wing of Palestinian group Hamas has vowed to respond to recent Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, amid tension over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Israel “will pay the price of breaking rules of engagement with the resistance in Gaza,” the Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement released on Sunday.

Two Palestinians were killed on Saturday when Israeli warplanes carried out raids in the Gaza Strip. Earlier today, Israel announced to have also destroyed a ‘significant’ tunnel coming into Israel from the Gaza Strip.

“The coming days will prove to the enemy that it has made a big mistake and miscalculated the resolve of the resistance,” the Brigades said.

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On Wednesday, Trump announced US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and said the US Embassy would be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The dramatic shift in Washington’s Jerusalem policy triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories and across the world.

Tension has risen across the Palestinian territories since US President Donald Trump’s decision to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Most countries consider East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed after capturing it in a 1967 war, to be occupied territory, and say the status of the city should be left to be decided at future Israeli-Palestinian talks.

While the international community has almost unanimously disagreed with Donald Trump’s announcement, reports suggest that the announcement was done with the pre-agreement of Egypt and Saudi Arabia, with the Saudi Arabia going as far as, allegedly, stating to the Palestinian President to accept a village on the outskirts of Jerusalem as the alternative Palestinian capital.

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  • abu antar

    Nimr min warakah.Hamas doesn’t want to escalate situation. But it does sound good in the media.

  • Helen4Yemen

    The white man can return to his native land of Europe but then he worries about losing the billions of money that keeps him alive in Palestine.

    • kirby1

      “The white man can return to his native land”
      – Helen, were the heck did you get this dialogue from a 50’s tv westerm show?

  • kirby1

    Maybe the “illustrious” MEMO should inform its readers that Israel’s actions were in direct response to rockets launched from Gaza into Israel. I guess MEMO is trying everything in its power to make the Palestinians appear civilized.

  • Matt Norris

    This has to stop, and it is the responsibility of both sides to stop it. I have been listening to these types of reports from the central U.S. for decades (I was born in 1980) and the situation has gone on like this for decades prior to my reception of this stuff.

    At this point, blame exchange seems pointless. They need to get the situation under control. The extreme views on the matter supposedly empower Trump words to set off protests and fighting need to stop, and politicians need to be more careful with their words.