Hamas, along with a number of Palestinian militant groups, are calling for unison and solidarity after Israeli airstrikes rocked Gaza. Hamas’ full statement can be read below:
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
We hold the occupation responsible for its aggression against Al-Quds and Gaza, and call on our people’s forces and factions to unite in an open confrontation with the occupation in defense of our Quds and Aqsa.
We hold the zionist occupation fully responsible for the dangerous escalation and blatant aggression against the Gaza Strip and our steadfast Palestinian people, and for the consequences this will have in the region.
This brutal aggression against Gaza and the ongoing occupation violations against Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa will not achieve security for the occupation and will not create victory or legitimacy on our land, our Quds, and our Al-Aqsa, for which blood and souls have been sacrificed.
We confirm that the zionist aggression against Al-Quds and Gaza will not weaken the resolve of our revolutionary youth and our valiant resistance, which has pledged to remain a shield and a sword to protect our people, our Al-Quds, and our Al-Aqsa.
In this context, we call on our people in all their places of their presence, and on the forces and factions, to unite in an open battle to confront the occupation, its settler herds, and to thwart their Judaization plans for Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa, and in defense of our people and their right to freedom and self-determination, despite the occupation whose fate is to perish no matter how long it takes and at any cost.
Islamic Resistance Movement – Hamas
Thursday: 15 Ramadan 1444 AH
Corresponding to: April 6, 2023 AD
Several rockets have been fired from Gaza in response to Israeli strikes. Rocket strikes have been reported in Sderot, Netiv HaAssara, Karmia, Ibim, Nir Am, Nahal Oz, and Mefalsim. The National Resistance Brigade claimed the strike on Netiv HaAssara, whereas Nahal Oz and Mefalsim have been claimed by the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigade. Both statements may be read below:
National Resistance Brigades (Omar Al-Qasim Forces — the military wing of the DFLP):
The National Resistance Brigades (Martyr Omar Al-Qasim Forces), the military wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, announces its responsibility for the recent rocket attack on the “Netiv HaAsara” settlement, in response to the zionist aggression against worshippers and those performing i’tikaf at Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the zionist bombardment in the Gaza Strip.
? Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the PFLP:
The Martyr Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades announces its responsibility for targeting “Nahal Oz” and “Mefalsim” with a missile at 12:55 in the morning today, Friday.
The PFLP has also released a general statement, in which they call for a general escalation, which can be read below:
We will defeat the aggression with the unity of the resistance and the will of its people.
The zionist enemy is the one who chose to ignite this battle with its continuous escalation and persistence in its brutal crimes against our people in Palestine. If it is not satisfied with the warning sirens, missile fire, and the bullets of the resistance fighters, then it will face harsher lessons with the blood of its soldiers and settlers.
This battle, which the resistance forces are waging shoulder to shoulder, and for which they have prepared well, will meet the enemy in response to every escalation and crime it commits.
The Front calls for the escalation of various forms of popular action across the areas where our people live in, whether in the occupied land or the diaspora.
The Front emphasizes the role of the Arab masses in confronting this aggression and supporting the position of the forces of resistance, rallying around them, and overcoming any polarization that may contribute to weakening the Arab stance against the zionist aggression.
The current situation concerns the existence and dignity of this nation.
The Front demands an escalation of solidarity efforts with the resistance and our people in Palestine and Lebanon in the face of zionist threats and attacks, putting pressure on the enemy’s allies and supporters, and besieging all forms of cooperation and normalization with it.
The Saraya Al-Quds, the armed wing of the PIJ, has also announced a new operation, which they have named “Let the Checkpoints Fall”. A large number of IDF checkpoints have been targeted in the recent clashes, and with the PIJ’s new “operation”, this is likely to continue. The PIJ’s full announcement may be read below.
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
“Fight them; Allah will punish them by your hands and will disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the hearts of a believing people.”
O brave fighters, O makers of great glory, O sons of Saraya in all its militant military formations… To every free and honorable mujahid and fighter from our steadfast people in the West Bank, Al-Quds, and the occupied interior:
The criminal occupation has gone too far in its attacks on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and has taken liberties in violating the free Palestinian blood. As a response to the occupation’s crimes and terrorism against our people—
The brigades and formations of Saraya Al-Quds in the occupied West Bank declare a general state of alert to target the occupation’s checkpoints in all cities, camps, and villages of the occupied West Bank and Al-Quds, making them live in terror in a blessed campaign of jihad under the title “Let the Checkpoints Fall” under the strikes of the heroic fighters.
This is what we have witnessed from you in the past days, and let the strikes continue with the bullets of pride and honor.
Let the criminal occupier that we will remain the strong shield of Al-Quds.
Our weapons are legitimate, and our jihad is ongoing.
It is a jihad of victory or martyrdom.
The Brigades and formations of Saraya Al-Quds – Occupied West Bank
Friday, April 7, 2023
The situation is developing, updates will likely follow.