Hamas calls for escalation against Israel in W. Bank

The call follows the death of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail and the killing of another Palestinian by Israeli gunfire.

Hamas calls for escalation against Israel in W. Bank

World Bulletin / News Desk

Palestinian resistance faction Hamas on Wednesday called for escalation against Israel in the occupied West Bank following the death on Tuesday of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail and the Israeli killing on Wednesday of another Palestinian near Ramallah.

Hamas said escalations should be made "by any means necessary," calling on supporters to turn the two slain men's funeral processions "into a revolution."

"Israel commits its crimes under the cover of international conspiracy and Arab silence," Hamas said in a statement.

"Israel gives its defeated army and hordes of settlers a license to do whatever they want in the West Bank, where they murder and detain our people," it added.

A Palestinian detainee died in Israel's southern Eshel Prison on Tuesday, triggering a hunger strike the following day by nearly 7,000 Palestinian prisoners.

And early Wednesday, a Palestinian was killed by Israeli gunfire during clashes with Israeli troops in the Al-Ammari refugee camp near Ramallah.

Hamas urged unity among Palestinians with a view to supporting fellow Palestinians killed or detained by Israeli authorities.

Israel launched a massive detention campaign in the occupied West Bank following the June 12 disappearance and killing of three Jewish settlers.

Around 2,000 Palestinians have since been detained and 40 others killed by Israeli forces.

About 500,000 Israelis now live in more than one hundred Jewish-only settlements built since Israel seized the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.

International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories" and considers all Jewish settlement building on the land illegal.

The Palestinians want these areas, along with the Gaza Strip, for an eventual independent state of Palestine.

Israeli forces raze Palestinian homes

Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished several Palestinian homes in a southern West Bank town near Hebron on the pretext they lacked building permits, a local NGO has said.

"Israeli forces besieged the village and razed several homes," Rateb Jabour, coordinator of the National Committee to Resist the Separation Wall, told Anadolu Agency.

"Israel wants to forcibly displace residents in order to expand its settlement projects in the area," Jabour said.

He added that Israeli forces had repeatedly threatened residents – estimated at some 1,200 – with home demolitions, claiming they lacked construction permits.

Israeli officials were not immediately available for comment.

Shot dead before wedding

A Palestinian man killed by Israeli troops in the Al-Ammari refugee camp near Ramallah early Wednesday had been set to get married in another two weeks.

Eissa al-Qotri did, however, have a chance to see his neighbors, relatives and friends at a gathering of a different kind – namely, his funeral.

Al-Qotri, 22, was killed at dawn Wednesday during clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli troops who raided several homes in the camp.

According to Palestinian medical sources, the young groom-to-be was shot through the heart.

His death has traumatized his fiancé, Samah al-Ahmed, who was clad in black to mourn him.

"We had prepared everything for the wedding, which would have taken place 15 days from now," al-Ahmed told Anadolu Agency.

"We would have bought a few last things for the wedding today, but the Israeli soldier who raided the camp had other ideas," she said.

Al-Ahmed stood amid several grieving women who showed up at al-Qotri's family home to offer condolences. The grieving woman kept looking at her mobile phone, at photos of her with her slain fiancé.

"We had been engaged for two years," she said. "We would have got married a month ago, but he [al-Qotri] delayed the wedding due to the death of a relative – who was also laid low by Israeli gunfire."

She recalled that al-Qotri had asked her to forego visiting relatives on Tuesday, saying he wanted to spend the whole day with her.

Al-Ahmed went on to note that her late fiancé had always talked to her about martyrdom.

Al-Qotri's mother, who sat crying next to al-Ahmed, was no less pained by the young man's untimely death.

"Eissa was my eldest son," al-Qotri's mother, Samiha, told AA. "I couldn't wait for his wedding day to come."

On the street outside the house, Palestinian children could be heard shouting anti-Israel slogans.

"We are all with the resistance!" they cried.

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