Hamas yesterday commemorated the 15th anniversary of the assassination of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, the founder of the movement, vowing to continue the path of resistance until the liberation of Palestine.
In a statement issued yesterday, Hamas said: "We will continue the resistance path of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin. Resistance is a legitimate right guaranteed by all religious and international law, in the forefront of which is armed resistance, which is a strategic choice to protect and regain Palestinian rights."
The statement also said that Yassin put the issue of prisoners on top of Hamas' agenda and exerted much effort to liberate them.
"Hamas now bears this responsibility and will not let the Israeli occupation continue to inflict suffering on our prisoners," the statement said, stressing that it would use all means necessary to liberate those prisoners held by Israel.
Hamas also stressed that the Great March of Return – which has taken place across Gaza every Friday since 30 March – would continue until it achieves its goals: breaking the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2007, halting the oppression facing Palestinians and reinforcing the right of return.
The statement reiterated the importance of Palestinian unity, stating this is the guarantor of achieving the Palestinian goals. It therefore called for Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to unite with his people and lift the sanctions he has imposed on the besieged enclave.