Hamas and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades on Sunday vowed to continue the armed uprising against Israel as thousands of people rallied to mark the intifada's third anniversary.
"We affirm our determination to continue the intifada until occupation ends and we demand that the Palestinian Authority and new government resist pressure from the Americans and the Zionists aimed at ending our right to resist," Hamas said in a statement on Sunday.
"Resistance is the only language that the enemy understands and the only means to free Palestine from occupation," said a similar statement from Al-Aqsa Brigades.
In the West Bank town of Nablus, meanwhile, about 5,000 Palestinians hit the streets in a new rally to mark the anniversary, AFP said.
The demonstrators marched from al-Najah University to the town center.
The intifada started on September 29, 2000 when bloody clashes broke out at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem, Islam's third holiest site. At least 3,497 people have been killed during the uprising, including 2,612 Palestinians and 822 Israelis.
In other developments, the Israeli occupation forces raided Jenin City and its refugee camp and used loudspeakers to impose strict curfew on its residents, Palestinian sources reported. Israeli patrols also were rattling the street of the city and threatened the residents not to dare and break the curfew whatever the reason was. (Albawaba.com)
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