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June 6, 2018
Clip No.
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In Run-Up to International Qods Day, Gaza Militia Salutes Iran, Vows to Continue Jihad

The Al-Nasser Salah Al-Din Brigades, the military branch of the Popular Resistance Movement, marked the upcoming International Qods Day by conducting a military drill. Abu Yousuf, a spokesman for the Brigades, expressed "blessings, appreciation, and gratitude to Iran" and called upon Arab and Islamic countries to follow the example set by Hizbullah and Iran. Khaled Al-Azbat, Popular Resistance Movement spokesman, said that they would continue to fight Jihad until the Palestinian cause has been "purified" of "all the normalization supporters who have defiled it." The report aired on Al-Manar TV on June 6.

Speaker: "These fighters wanted to celebrate International Qods Day in their own special way. They organized a military drill in the olive groves of Gaza."

Fighters: "Death, death to Israel! Death, death to Israel!"

Speaker: "They vowed to continue on the path to Jerusalem until its liberation, thanking those who support the resistance."

Khaled Al-Azbat: "The Palestinian resistance will remain loyal to whoever supports it, and it will continue to fight the Jihad until it has purified the Palestinian cause of all the normalization supporters who have defiled it. The drill today sends a message of loyalty to Iran, and to its leader, the founder of [International Qods] Day, which has become a day not only for Palestine but the entire world."

Abu Yousuf: "First of all, we convey our blessings, appreciation, and gratitude to Iran, and to all the brothers who support the Palestinian resistance in Gaza. We also send a message to our brothers in the Arab and Islamic countries, to follow the example of Hizbullah and Iran in support of our resistance.

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"On International Qods Day, which comes at the same time as the popular Intifada, we applaud the popular embrace of the resistance. What was taken by force will be restored by force alone. We hold in esteem the position taken by the Islamic Republic of Iran, in its support for our people and for the armed resistance, and its stance against the unjust declaration of Trump."