Aug 04, 2022 07:49 UTC
  • Jenin fighters vow to 'scatter bodies of Israeli troops on mountains'

The armed wing of the Islamic Jihad has threatened to scatter the bodies of Israeli troops on Jenin mountains in the occupied West Bank if Israel harms one of its most senior commanders arrested in a late Monday raid.

Israeli troops shot a Palestinian teenager during the raid on the Jenin refugee camp where they also arrested Bassam al-Saadi. They also captured his son-in-law, Ashraf al-Jada, who was visiting al-Saadi’s home in the camp.

In a statement issued early Thursday, the Jenin branch of the al-Quds Brigades warned that Palestinian fighters will not sit idly by after the Israeli raid.

"We will not ignore this event. We consider the occupiers fully responsible for the life of Commander al-Saadi," it said. "We will scatter the bodies of the occupying soldiers over the mountains in Jenin" if any harm is done to al-Saadi.

On Monday night, the al-Quds Brigades announced “a state of alertness and readiness among its fighters and active combat units” which it said comes “in response to its duty towards the treacherous aggression that the great leader, sheikh Bassam al-Saadi and his family were exposed to in Jenin”.

Videos and images shared on social media showed traces of blood on the floor of al-Saadi’s home following the arrest. His family and the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said the Israeli troops had assaulted al-Saadi and his wife, Nawal, who was hospitalized due to the injuries she sustained during the raid.

The al-Quds Brigades branch in Jenin said it was awaiting order from the resistance movement's Secretary General in the besieged Gaza Strip, Ziad al-Nakhala, to respond to the raid.

The Israeli raid on Jenin comes in the wake of months-long brutal campaign to quash rising resistance in the city’s refugee camp.

At least 60 Palestinians have been martyred by Israeli troops since the start of the year, about a third of them from Jenin.