Over the weekend, several Palestinian factions praised Hezbollah for shooting rockets into northern Israel and threatened to continue sending incendiary balloons from Gaza.
Earlier in the day, a barrage of over 20 rockets was launched from Lebanon towards Israel, activating the Iron Dome missile-defense system and setting off alarms throughout the region.
The Iron Dome intercepted ten missiles, six of which landed in open regions near Mount Dov on the Lebanon-Israel border. The others were killed inside Lebanon.
The Coalition of Palestinian Forces in Lebanon, a group representing various Palestinian factions, praised Hezbollah for “targeting Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories in response to the aggression that targeted Lebanese territories on Thursday.”
In a statement published in Lebanon, the factions expressed full support for Hezbollah’s response and stressed “the right of the resistance to confront the Israeli aggression aimed at imposing new equations or changing the rules of engagement.”
The rocket attack aimed to send “a clear message emphasizing Hezbollah’s natural right to respond to aggression, defend the people and the land and prevent the enemy from achieving its suspicious goals,” the factions said.
The attack came at a time when the Palestinians are “confronting the continuous Israeli aggression in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip,” they said.
The attack by Hezbollah was applauded by Hamas. It stated in a statement that the “battle with the enemy must continue on all fronts until the liberation of the holy sites and the Arab and Islamic lands.”
Hamas stated that it fully supports the right of the “Lebanese resistance to respond to Zionist aggression and violations.”
In reaction to Israeli attacks on Hamas positions late Friday, Hamas warned those sending incendiary balloons into Israel will not be scared or discouraged.
In reaction to the deployment of incendiary balloons, the IDF said it attacked a Hamas military camp and a rocket-launching location in the northern Gaza Strip.
The Israeli airstrikes will not “intimidate the rebellious youth or discourage them from continuing to resist the siege on the Gaza Strip,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.
“The rebellious Gazan youth will not submit to the dictates of the enemy and its attempts to impose equations on the Gaza Strip,” he added.
Abdel Latif al-Qanou, another Hamas senior, urged Palestinians in the West Bank to intensify their “resistance” against Israel.
In response to the death of Emad Dweikat, a resident of Beita, near Nablus, who was reportedly shot dead during clashes with soldiers on Friday, he said, “The martyrdom of Emad necessitates the escalation of resistance in all its forms throughout the West Bank in response to the occupation’s ongoing crimes against our people.” The martyrs’ blood will continue to fuel our people’s resistance against the Zionist occupier.”
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the Gaza Strip’s second-largest terrorist organisation behind Hamas, praised Hezbollah for firing rockets at Israel.
“We express our praise and full support for this missile response and affirm the right to resist the occupation and confront the aggression to prevent the enemy from changing the rules of engagement,” it said in a statement.
The PIJ extended its greetings to “all resistance fighters in the Arab and Islamic worlds, our brothers in the Islamic resistance and Hezbollah and its leadership, who believe in the path of struggle and liberation.”
Another Palestinian terrorist organisation, the Popular Resistance Movement in Palestine, praised Hezbollah’s “brave strike” against Israel.
“We affirm that this is the best solution to confront Zionist arrogance and repeated attacks on Arab land,” it said, calling for “unity to prevent the Zionist enemy from singling out our Lebanese people.”