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The Assassination Of An Ex-Syrian MP By Israel, As Per Hamas, Will Not Put An End To Resistance In The Golan Heights

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has denounced the assassination of former Syrian legislator Midhat Saleh al-Saleh in the occupied Golan Heights, emphasizing that his death will not dissuade residents’ resistance and unequivocal rejection of the Israeli regime’s policies.

“We mourn the murder of former Syrian prisoner Midhat Saleh al-Saleh by the treacherous Zionist enemy while he was returning home in the village of Ain al-Tinah, overlooking the occupied town of Majdal Shams. The killing of Saleh reveals the bloodthirsty mentality of the Zionist state, which has its origins in murder and terrorism. The heinous crime will not deter the resistance and steadfastness of people in the occupied Golan who oppose Zionist projects,” Hamas stated in a statement issued on Sunday.

“Saleh had resisted the Israeli occupation, rejected annexation of the Golan Heights, and emphasized the unity of the Syrian people as well as Syria’s territorial integrity,” the statement continued. According to Syria’s official news agency SANA, 54-year-old Saleh, who was in charge of policing the crucial Golan Heights’ border, was shot and killed on Saturday while inside Syria by a suspected Israeli sniper.

In a statement, the Syrian government expressed condolences to the former legislator’s friends and family. Saleh’s killing was regarded as a despicable crime by Prime Minister Hussein Arnous. Hussam Edin Aala, Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva, described him as “a man who devoted his life to defending the rights of his people in the occupied Syrian Golan.”

In 1967, Saleh was born in the Druze hamlet of Majdal Shams. In 1985, he was detained by Israeli intelligence operatives, along with other Druze officials from the occupied Golan villages, and convicted on fabricated accusations. After his release in 1997, he traveled to Syria and was elected to Parliament. He was named head of Syria’s Golan Office and an adviser to President Bashar al-Assad after representing the Golan in the Syrian legislature.

In the latter phases of its 1967 Six-Day War on Arab countries, Israel took the Golan Heights from Syria. The dictatorship also occupied the Palestinian areas of the West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip. In 1981, Tel Aviv annexed the Golan Heights unilaterally, a move that was not recognized by the international community. Syria has consistently asserted its sovereignty over the Golan Heights, insisting that the region be fully returned to its control.

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