Palestinians Vow Retaliation as Three Jenin Militants Buried

Joint statement by Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad also charges Palestinian Authority with complicity in killings.

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Three Palestinian militant groups vowed to retaliate against Israel on Saturday, after the killing of three militants and the wounding of at least seven in an Israel Defense Forces raid on the Jenin refugee camp early Saturday morning.

The raid targeted Hamas militant Hamza Abu al-Haija, 22, who was one of the three Palestinian fatalities.

According to the Shin Bet, Al-Haija was involved in shootings attacks on Israelis, placing roadside bombs and other attacks sponsored by Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip.

In a joint statement on Saturday, Hamas' military wing the al-Qassam Brigades, Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades threatened "painful" retaliation against Israel, the Palestinian news service Ma'an reported.

The statement also accused the Palestinian Authority of complicity in the killings.

Over 10,000 Palestinians attended the funerals of al-Haija, Mahmoud Abu Zeina, 17, and 22-year-old Yazan Mahmoud Basim Jabarin on Saturday, led by officials of the PLO, the Palestinian Authority, Fatah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad.

The mourners shouted slogans urging Palestinian militants to take revenge and calling on the PA to immediately end peace negotiations with Israel and focus instead on reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas.

A spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas denounced the killings, describing them as part of "systematic Israeli policy aimed at destroying everything."

Nabil Abu Rdeina said that Israel had escalated its "attacks against citizens." He urged the United States administration to take action before peace talks collapsed.

Palestinian gunmen lead the funeral procession in the Jenin refugee camp.Credit: Reuters

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