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West Bank Goes on Strike After Assassination of Hamas Leader

  • A street in the West Bank, January 3, 2024.

    A street in the West Bank, January 3, 2024. | Photo: X/ @misra_amaresh

Published 3 January 2024

The Palestine resistance urged Arab countries to take a decisive stance against the killing of Saleh Al-Arouri.

On Wednesday, a general strike took place in the West Bank after Hamas' deputy chief Saleh Al-Arouri and other leaders were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Beirut.


Palestinian Resistance in West Bank Reacts to Al-Arouri Murder

The strike, called by the Fatah movement and other Palestine factions, closed shops, markets, schools, universities, banks, and public and private offices.

The Palestine resistance urged Arab countries and their people to take a "decisive and immediate stance" against the killing of Al-Arouri and the commanders of the Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing.

They said in a statement that "the resistance continues" and declared "general national mourning and a general strike."

They also denounced the attack as "a cowardly and treacherous targeting on Arab land in an Arab capital," and called for a strong response from the Arab countries.

Al-Arouri, 57, is considered one of the prominent Hamas leaders and a founder of the al-Qassam Brigades and its cells in the West Bank.

He was imprisoned in Israel for more than 18 years and was deported by Israeli authorities from Palestinian territories upon his last release in 2010. In the same year, he was elected as a Hamas politburo member.

Israeli officials had recently threatened to assassinate Hamas leaders inside and outside the Palestinian territories, especially Saleh Al-Arouri.

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