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Palestinian Islamic Jihad accuses Israel of killing operative in Syria

Ali Ramzi al-Assad, 31, known in the terrorist group as “the engineer commander,” was reportedly killed in a suburb of Damascus.

Young Palestinians take part in a military-style exercise at a summer camp organized by Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, on June 26, 2021. Photo by Atia Mohammed/Flash90.
Young Palestinians take part in a military-style exercise at a summer camp organized by Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, on June 26, 2021. Photo by Atia Mohammed/Flash90.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group has accused Israel of killing one of its operatives in Syria on Sunday morning.

Ali Ramzi al-Assad, 31, known in PIJ as “the engineer commander,” was killed in a northern Damascus suburb, according to Channel 12.

“We consider the Zionist enemy responsible for this crime and emphasize that we continue to confront it and respond to all its crimes against our people and the resistance will continue its work, preparing and fighting in all arenas to protect the Holy Land and the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” PIJ said in a statement.

Al-Assad’s reported killing comes a day after PIJ leader Ziad al-Nakhala met in Lebanon with Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah.

The two sides agreed “to continue consultation and coordination with a view to enhancing the resistance against Israel,” according to a joint statement.

Though he did not address the reports directly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday that “I reiterate: whoever tries to harm Israeli civilians will pay the price. We will find the terrorists and architects of terrorism everywhere.”

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