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In commemoration of Prisoners Day, Palestinians rallied in the the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday. The day is marked in solidarity with Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons.
"We tell the Zionist enemy: you are all a target for us and the resistance, we will fight you until we finally get rid of you and take as many captives as possible to free our heroes," said Khalil al-Haya, a senior Hamas official in the coastal enclave, according to AFP.
"Our men, our women, our children all envision kidnapping your soldiers and settlers, wherever they are," Haya told the gathered crowd. "And it is our right because we have no other way to free our heroes, and it is the Zionist enemy responsible for this state of affairs."
Haya said Palestinian prisoners should "rest assured" because militant groups led by Hamas's military wing Izaddin al-Qassam Brigades "will release you as they did your brothers" in 2011 when Israel released over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in return for the captive soldier Gilad Schalit.