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Palestinians clash with Israeli forces following an army raid in the West Bank city of Jenin

Hamas Urges Young Palestinians to Join Fighting in Jenin

Saleh al-Arouri, deputy head of the political bureau of Hamas, urges all young men in the West Bank to join the fight in Jenin, claiming there are already “hundreds of thousands willing to sacrifice their lives.”

“To our heroes in the West Bank, from the south to the north: This is your day, young men. Fight with all the weapons, all your anger and with any means possible to defend our honor in Jenin, ” he says in a statement.

"The bloodshed on the land of Jenin will determine the nature of the next stage in all directions and paths, and our people and their resistance in all their places know how to respond to this barbaric aggression," said Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas's political bureau Haniyeh.

"Jenin will not surrender, and our fighters are determined to confront and fight no matter the sacrifices," added the Islamic Jihad.

Meanwhile, around 1:15 p.m. on Monday, July 3, the IDF and a large group of armed Palestinians engaged in a wider gunbattle near a mosque. Israeli media reported that some of the armed Palestinians were firing from inside the mosque itself and therefore the IDF did not respond with any sort of airstrike in order to avoid damaging the mosque.

Also, the IDF spokesman in Arabic, Avichay Adraee, denied Arabic reports circulating on social media according to which the IDF attacked the Freedom Theater in Jenin during the operation. Adraee called the reports "lies" and "baseless," and attached a video clip in which the theater can be seen from the air, untouched by IDF airstrikes. (TOI / VFI News)

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