Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem made the remarks in a statement on Sunday, after a shooting incident near the town of Beit Furik, east of the city of Nablus, left an Israeli settler injured.
“The Palestinian people are leading a major revolution that can never subside unless our people’s goals are achieved and the [occupying regime] and its settlers are removed from our land,” he said, the Palestinian Information Center reported.
Qassem further noted that the shooting operation in Nablus coincided with the break-ins by Israeli settlers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied al-Quds.
“So we consider such act of resistance a natural response to [Israeli regime’s] crimes against the [al-Aqsa] mosque,” he added.
An Israeli settler was reportedly wounded in a Palestinian shooting operation Sunday morning that targeted his vehicle on a road between Beit Furik and the Elon Moreh settlement on the outskirts of Nablus.
Palestinian resistance fighters also opened fire at an Israeli bus traveling on the same road before withdrawing from the area. The vehicle and bus sustained some damage.
Following the incident, Israeli forces closed the Huwara and Beit Furik checkpoints in southern Nablus and launched a manhunt for the shooters.
Israeli forces have been recently conducting near-nightly raids and killings in the northern occupied West Bank, mainly in the cities of Jenin and Nablus, where new groups of Palestinian resistance fighters have been formed.
More than 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the Israeli-occupied territories since the start of the year, including 51 in the besieged Gaza Strip during Israel’s three-day assault in August.
More than 30 of those killed were either from Jenin or were killed in the Jenin region.
The Israeli regime has also recently ramped up incursions into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds, with Hamas warning that such infringements upon the holy site could lead to “explosions” in the region.
A general strike has been called across West Bank in commemoration of those martyred and in protest against the latest Israeli aggression.