World Bulletin/News Desk
The military wing of Palestinian resistance group Hamas on Monday vowed to take action against whoever threatened Hamas, saying it had upgraded its rocket capabilities and identified vulnerabilities in Israel's defenses.
"Whoever confronts Hamas is taking the side of the unjust and will be subject to strikes," Hammam Nesman, a leading member of the Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, told a press conference in the northern Gaza Strip.
"We are not weak… and we're running out of patience," he said.
Although Nesman did not name the enemies in question, the warning came only days after an Egyptian court banned all the group's activities in Egypt.
Hamas is an ideological offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails. Since 2007, the Palestinian faction has governed the next-door Gaza Strip.
Relations between Egypt and Hamas deteriorated sharply following Morsi's ouster last summer, with the military-backed interim authorities accusing the group of backing its ideological parent in Egypt.
A number of Hamas members have been charged in two ongoing criminal cases against Morsi for alleged espionage and jailbreak. Hamas has repeatedly denied the accusations.
Nesman also said his group had managed to upgrade its rocket capabilities and identify Israeli strategic weaknesses.
"Hamas is able to fatally hit Israel and move the battle to its heart," he asserted.
In late 2012, an Egypt-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Hamas ended eight days of cross-border fighting in which scores of Gazans were killed.
Japan's already fragile ties with China have soured over their competing claims to a string of uninhabited East China Sea islets
The plaintiffs, all immigrants who are either practicing Muslims or are from predominantly Muslim nations, complain their immigration or naturalization petitions were illegally thwarted
John Tefft will go to Moscow as U.S.-Russia ties are severely strained over Washington's sanctions on Russia due to its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Thousands flocked to beaches to celebrate Eid al-Fitr despite meteorological warnings.
The requested military supplies include tanks, sniper equipment, armored personnel carriers, artillery and ammunition, and also body armor, helmets, fuel trucks and ambulances.
Kenya's President Kenyatta said they would discuss the funding issue with American investors on the sidelines of the US-African leaders summit next week.
Over 13 lives were lost and properties were also destroyed.
"Gen. Haftar has not left Libya and is currently preparing for a major military operation in Benghazi," his spokesman Mohamed al-Hegazi said.
The announcement comes after Israel bombed Gaza's only power plant, forcing a continued power outage across the embattled Gaza Strip.
The quake had struck nine miles (14 km) southeast of Algiers and its epicentre was recorded at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles
Israel has attacked homes, schools, hospitals, Gaza's only power plant and U.N. premises in apparent violation of the Geneva Conventions, according to Navi Pillay
White House press secretary Josh Earnest says there is little doubt that the UN school was shelled by Israel.
Egypt underlined the importance of each side's abidance by the ceasefire until the beginning of the negotiations.
Residents said the blast shook buildings like there was an earthquake, toppling small shops and overturning cars.
Nearly 200 people have been killed since the violence erupted two weeks ago in Tripoli and also in the eastern city of Benghazi
The White House described the resupply of ammunition disclosed as the fighting raged this week as "routine."