Hamas leader Haniyeh strongly condemned recent Israeli raids on civilian institutions in the West Bank.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Wednesday Israel was waging a dirty war against Hamas, Israeli newspaper reported. He also said the Palestinian Authority is participating in the Israeli campaign.
Haniyeh pointed out that the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah had already closed more than 100 charities in the West Bank, claiming they were linked to Hamas.
In recent raids, Israel closed a lot of institutions, including, mosque, a shopping mall in Nablus.
Jerusalem Post wrote that Haniyeh said that altogether Israel closed 37 institutions in Ramallah and Nablus since the beginning of the week.
"This is an ugly crime against humanity," Haniyeh said, adding that most of the institutions were charities that provided for the needy.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri called on all Palestinian factions to resist the Israeli raids in the West Bank.
"Hamas won't spare any effort to defend its institutions," Abu Zuhri said. "Hamas won't allow these Israeli crimes to pass without a response."
The Hamas spokesman called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to halt all forms of cooperation between his security forces and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.
"The Palestinian security forces are involved in the Israeli war against our institutions," Abu Zuhri said.
"Israel is continuing what Salaam Fayad began when he ordered the closure of many charities in the West Bank.
"This is a conspiracy designed to undermine Hamas and eliminate its presence in the West Bank. But it won't succeed."
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