KHAN YUNIS (Al Jazeera/MEMO) – Thousands of people in the besieged Gaza Strip have protested in solidarity with fellow Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Al-Quds amid a wave of violence by Zionist troops.
The rallies, called by Hamas and Islamic Jihad resistance movements, began from mosques in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza and Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, where the demonstrators carried banners that read: “Palestine brings us together, Al-Quds is ours, We will defend Al-Quds with our hands and souls.”
The protesters held banners of solidarity with the people of Al-Quds and pictures of young men killed by the Zionist troops in the occupied West Bank and East Al-Quds.
Mosheer Al-Masry, a senior Hamas official, told Al Jazeera the protests affirmed the unity of all Palestinians following a reconciliation deal signed by rival Palestinian groups on Thursday.
“The West Bank and Al-Quds are entering in a new phase that shows Israeli occupation that armed struggle is the choice of our people,” he said.
He said daily incursions by Zionist settlers into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the old city of Al-Quds, and other recent Zionist provocations at the site were only driving Palestinian resistance.
Hamas called on Saturday for an all-out campaign against the Zionist regime’s relentless acts of aggression and recurrent desecration of the holy Al-Aqsa.
In a statement, Hamas mourned the death of 23-year-old Qais Emad Shojaya, who was shot dead on Friday night after he carried out a retaliatory shooting operation near the illegal Beit El settlement near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
“We assure Israel that members of al-Qassam Brigades – the military wing of Hamas – and other resistance fighters will hunt down its troops and settlers over mountains, in valleys and throughout occupied Palestinian territories,” the statement read, emphasizing that “desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound will not go unpunished.”
Hamas also urged any Palestinian who possesses a rifle to point it at Zionist troops.
Meanwhile, thousands of Jordanians staged a massive protest on Friday in downtown Amman in solidarity with Al-Aqsa Mosque and to denounce the occupying regime’s provocations against worshippers at the Islamic compound.
On Thursday, the National Forum to Support Resistance and Protect the Homeland called for the protest. During the protest, the protesters called for expelling the Zionist ambassador to Amman and abrogating the so-called peace treaty with the occupying regime that “practices daily violations, killings and deportations of Palestinians.”
The protesters raised Palestine flags and placards condemning the aggression of the occupation forces and settlers against Palestinians.
They also condemned the regime’s raids and desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque, stressing that: “It is a highly respected religious symbol for all the Muslims around the world.”
Secretary-General of the Islamic Action Front Murad Adayleh called on the Jordanian government to support the Palestinian people against Zionist aggression.
“We will continue supporting Al-Aqsa Mosque and the worshippers in the holy site,” Adayleh told protesters.