The movement said in a statement that the perpetrator of the operation "is the martyr Qassami Ahmed Yassin Hilal Ghaizan from the village of Qibya, west of Ramallah," in the middle of the West Bank.She explained that the operation "comes as a quick response to the aggression of the occupation and its incursion on our people and our people in Jenin camp, and in response to the desecration of our sanctities, and the tearing of the Holy Quran in the town of Urif," by settlers last month.Hamas continued: "The Qassam Brigades (the military wing of the movement) while claiming responsibility for this operation - which came to tell the criminal Zionist minister "Smotrich" that Al-Qassam almost knocked on your door – it promises more occupation by the power of God, whoever sows murder and criminality against our people will only reap death, terror and defeat." Earlier on Thursday, a Palestinian gunman killed a guard of the settlement of "Kedumim", and wounded another settler, before being shot dead by the Israeli army.It is noteworthy that the settlement of "Kedumim" is inhabited by a number of officials in the Israeli right-wing government, including Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, head of the "Religious Zionism" party.The West Bank is witnessing escalating tension. Last Tuesday, the IDF ended a military operation in Jenin city and its camp, involving helicopters, drones and special ground forces, lasting 48 hours, killing 12 Palestinians and arresting 300, as well as killing one Israeli soldier and wounding another.