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Israeli lawmaker: Terrorists slain in Nablus are ‘martyrs’

Hadash Party's Aida Touma-Sliman says “our Palestinian nation bids farewell to its martyrs” after IDF kills Lions' Den members in a firefight.

Israeli Arab parliamentarian Aida Touma-Suleiman attends a “55 years of occupation” conference at the Knesset in Jerusalem on June 8, 2022. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.
Israeli Arab parliamentarian Aida Touma-Suleiman attends a “55 years of occupation” conference at the Knesset in Jerusalem on June 8, 2022. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Hadash-Ta’al parliamentarian Aida Touma-Sliman on Tuesday described as “martyrs” Palestinian gunmen killed during an Israeli security operation earlier in the day in Nablus that targeted an explosives lab belonging to the Lions’ Den terrorist group.

“Nablus bid farewell to our martyrs today. Our Palestinian nation bids farewell to its martyrs,” Touma-Sliman wrote in a Facebook post that included a photo from the subsequent funeral.

“The more the occupation [Israel] increases its crimes, the resistance escalates,” she added.

It comes after Israeli forces raided the Lions’ Den’s makeshift headquarters overnight Monday, killing the group’s leader, Wadi al-Houh, and two other members.

The Lions’ Den is responsible for the murder of IDF Staff Sgt. Ido Baruch on Oct. 11 in Samaria, commonly known as the northern West Bank, and attempted to carry out a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv on Sept. 8.

“Our goal was and remains to strike hard and continuously at terrorists and those who dispatch them in Jenin, Nablus and wherever terrorism takes root,” Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on Tuesday. “We will not relent even for a moment. We will not permit the existence of terrorist organizations that attack Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers.”

On Sunday, a senior member of Lions’ Den was killed in a motorcycle explosion, according to Palestinian reports.

The reports named the operative as Tamer al-Kilani, and described the blast as “mysterious,” though some Palestinian reports claimed that an explosive device was attached to the motorcycle by Israel.

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