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Hezbollah: Assassination of resistance commanders will not advance Israeli plots

Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has strongly denounced the killing of a senior commander of the Palestinian resistance group Islamic Jihad, saying such targeted killings will never help the Israeli regime advance its fiendish plots.

The Lebanese resistance movement, in a statement released late on Sunday, announced that the “heinous crime” of assassinating Ali Ramzi al-Aswad, 31, in the countryside outside the Syrian capital of Damascus “bears the hallmarks of the Zionist enemy.”


“The targeted killings of commanders and fighters from resistance movements will in no way help the Zionist enemy materialize the plots which it has heavily counted on. On the contrary, such moves will heighten the vigilance of our peoples,” the statement read.


“This crime comes at a time when the Israeli enemy is dealing with the strikes that resistance forces are carrying out against it throughout the occupied Palestinian territories,” Hezbollah stated.


The al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad group, said earlier that Aswad was killed on Sunday morning in the Damascus countryside in a “cowardly assassination with bullets bearing the fingerprints of the Zionist enemy.”


“The assassination was carried out by direct shooting near his house,” an Islamic Jihad official, who asked not to be named, told AFP news agency.


The Islamic Jihad also said that the late commander’s family had been displaced from the city of Haifa in 1948 and settled in the refugee camps in Syria, where he joined the organization as a young man.


Back on November 12, 2019, Syrian state media said that Israel had launched a missile attack targeting the home of an Islamic Jihad official in the Syrian capital, killing his son and granddaughter.


A Syrian official said at the time that Israeli fighter jets fired three missiles towards Damascus, one of which was intercepted while the other two struck the home of Islamic Jihad political leader Akram al-Ajouri in Mezzah, a western district of the city.


Ajouri’s son Muath and granddaughter Batoul were killed while nine others were wounded, the official said.


Islamic Jihad said Ajouri survived the attack on his home and blamed the “Zionist criminal enemy.”


Meanwhile, the Gaza-based Hamas resistance movement praised Iran’s unswerving support for Palestinians and their legitimate struggle against the occupying Israeli regime.


Khalil al-Hayya, deputy chief of the Hamas political bureau in the Gaza Strip, late on Sunday thanked Tehran for its untrammelled support for the Palestinian cause, emphasizing that the Islamic Republic has always stood by the side of the Palestinian nation and resistance groups.


He also hailed Qatar’s stance in supporting the Palestinian people and their just cause, stating that Saudi Arabia has opted to distance itself from Hamas even though the Palestinian resistance group holds great respect for the country as the birthplace of Islam.


Hayya also said that Turkey’s role is limited to humanitarian assistance to Palestinians through a number of charity institutions.


Last month, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian denounced the Israeli regime’s repression of the Palestinian people and reiterated the Islamic Republic’s support for Palestine.


In the wake of the deadly Israeli military raids at the Jenin refugee camp, Amir-Abdollahian strongly condemned the regime’s massacre of innocent Palestinian people in separate telephone conversations with Ismail Haniyeh, head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, and secretary general of the Islamic Jihad, Ziyad al-Nakhalah.


During the phone conversations, the Iranian foreign minister also reaffirmed Iran’s continued support for the Palestinian people.