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Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades statement

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades has issued a statement claiming responsibility for Sunday's suicide bombing in Jerusalem. The following is the text as published by the group's web site:

Your brigades, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the Martyr Ayman Samir Judah groups, has always been there at the right time and in the right place to say its word, the word of all the coerced sons of the great people, to strike the necessary balance that turns all the traditional equations upside down.

We once said that we will not be the only ones who suffer, we will not be the only ones who will be sad, and the atmosphere of terror will not prevail only in our sky and over our land.

We also swore that no massacre will go unpunished, no treacherous assassination will go unpunished, and that we will not stand idle towards the process of devouring our land even if the whole world remains silent.

Wagering has always been on the Palestinian people, their resistance and heroic martyrdom-seekers. Our martyrdom-seekers constitute the sharp sword, which chops every tyrannical hand. They are also the curative medicine for the wounds of the tortured and wronged people. They are our loud voice that is yelling in the face of the occupiers.

Our reply to the Al-Shuja'iyah and Rafah massacre has come soon. The blood of 15 heroic martyrs who defended their homeland like lions has not dried up yet. We have suffered bitterly on that day and on other days in Al-Zaytun, Rafah and in all our Palestinian cities.

We have turned this suffering into a crushing anger that will force the occupier to reconsider its futile policies and crimes, which will only bring it defeat and evil.

Our brigades, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the heroic Martyr Ayman Samir Judah groups, replied strongly through the heroic martyrdom operation in Jerusalem today.

It announces its full responsibility for the martyrdom operation, which was carried out by our heroic knight, the son of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the heroic Martyr Ayman Samir Judah groups, Muhammad Isa Khalil Za'al, 23, from the village of Husan, the Bethlehem District.

[Signed] The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades

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