CAIRO: Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri vowed the group would avenge the death of its Al-Qassam Brigade militant wing members killed by Israeli airstrikes Monday.
A statement posted on Facebook attributed to Zuhri condemned Monday’s Israeli attacks, stating “the enemy has escalated the situation and will pay the price.”
Al-Qassam Brigade said six of its men were killed Monday morning in air raids targeting southern Gaza and Rafah.
Clashes erupted overnight across the Gaza Strip. Haaretz newspaper reported that one soldier was wounded due to rockets fired by Palestinian militants.
Another 12 people were injured in the attacks, including children, Anadolu reported the Palestinian Minister of Health saying.
There were other clashes with Palestinian residents in different settlements overnight Sunday.
Battles intensified following the arrest of six people by Israeli authorities over the murder of Mohamed Abu Khdeir. Three of the six Israeli suspects in the murder of the 16-year-old Palestinian have confessed to the crime according to police, Haaretz newspaper reported Monday.
It is widely believed that Abu Khdeir’s murder was a retaliation by Jewish extremists for the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish settlers in the West Bank in June. Hamas has not publicly claimed credit for the abductions, but has praised them.
Both sides continue to accuse each other of “escalation” in the crisis. On Monday, The Jerusalem Post published a video titled “Hamas threatens long-range rocket strikes in new video”, and reported Hamas published the video demonstrating “large missiles being prepared.”