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Palestinian groups on Wednesday welcomed the Hezbollah attack on an IDF convoy in the North, saying it was a “natural response to Israeli crimes.”
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that Hezbollah “has the right to respond to Israeli occupation, especially following the last aggression on Syria.”
Abu Zuhri was referring to an air strike on the Syrian side of the Golan, which killed a number of Hezbollah and Iranian operatives.
Hamas representatives in Lebanon issued a statement welcoming the Hezbollah attack. The statement described the attack as a “natural response to recurring Zionist aggressions.”
Initial moments after Hezbollah anti-tank missile hits Israeli military vehicle
The statement said that the attack was in the context of the “legitimate right to confront the terrorism and aggression of the occupation.”
The Hamas statement claimed that the “Zionist occupation is today facing a serious crisis because of the resistance operations from Lebanon and its losses and defeat in Gaza.”
The Islamic Jihad organization’s armed wing, al-Quds Brigades, praised the “blessed” Hezbollah attack, saying it would “deepen the crisis” in the IDF.
Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batsh said that the attack came as a “shock” to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IDF commanders.
The attack, he added, is a “natural response to the crimes of the enemy.”
Two other Palestinian groups, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, also welcomed the Hezbollah attack and called for stepping up the resistance against Israel.
A number of Fatah-affiliated groups in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon issued separate statements praising the Hezbollah attack.