GAZA — Senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan stated Friday that the Palestinian resistance has the right to respond to Israel’s incursions into the Gaza Strip, and its daily violations and crimes against the Palestinian people and their holy sites.
In a press statement to the Palestinian information center (PIC), Radwan stressed that the operation of Khan Younis confirmed that the resistance is still alive and the Gaza Strip is not easy to invade.
He warned that the Israeli occupation has to think a thousand times before making foolish steps against the Islamic holy shrines in Palestine, adding the Palestinian resistance is able to retaliate to Israel’s crimes in the manner it deems appropriate.
For his part, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that the commando operation of Khan Younis proved his Movement’s adherence to the resistance option and its keenness on the protection of the Palestinian people.
In the same context, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) admitted that two of their troops were killed and five others were wounded during an incursion into the eastern area of Khan Younis.
The IOF spokesman said on Friday that a deputy commander in the Golani brigade and another officer of low rank were killed and five other soldiers were injured, one of them in a serious condition, when a big explosive device was detonated near Kissufim crossing, east of Khan Younis.
The spokesman acknowledged that the soldiers were killed and wounded after they carried out an incursion east of Khan Younis.
For his part, commander of the IOF in the southern region Yoav Galant said few hours after the Khan Younis operation that one of the officers was killed when one of the Palestinians (resistance fighters) shot at a grenade in his flack jacket, while the other one was killed during the clashes.
Galant’s remarks authenticated the communiqué issued by Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, that its sniper unit was responsible for killing two Israeli officers on Friday evening.
Al-Qassam spokesman Abu Obeida told a news conference on Friday that the attack unit of the Brigades supported by the sniper unit attacked an Israeli military force that attempted to infiltrate into Khan Younis.