Hamas armed wing says Israeli weapons 'illegitimate'

A masked Hamas spokesman said "The enemy is developing its weapons and is using internationally banned weapons against us."

Hamas armed wing says Israeli weapons 'illegitimate'

As an Israeli drone flew overhead, a masked Hamas spokesman said the Islamist group wish for peace, but would not shirk from battle with Israel, which destroyed Gaza in an offensive a year ago.

"We do not wish for war. We wish for calm and peace for our people," Abu Ubaida, spokesman for Hamas's armed wing, the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, said late on Wednesday from the cover of an orchard in the Gaza Strip.

"But if any battle is imposed on us, we are ready with all our manpower and equipment to confront any Zionist war, any crime and any attack regardless of scale."

Abu Ubaida, who moved with armed guards to different parts of the orchard during the interview to stay out of sight of the drone, said Hamas had no choice but to improve its arsenal.

"The enemy is developing its weapons and is using internationally banned weapons against us," he said.

Israel poured phosphorus bombs in Gaza offensive last year, killing nearly 1500 Palestinians, wounding more than 5000 Gaza.

"Therefore, we have the right to use any weapon that we deem suitable and we have the right to get into (Gaza) any weapon that we see as appropriate in the ongoing battle with the occupation," Abu Ubaida said.

"The nature of our battle with the enemy requires that we do not announce the nature of our capabilities and the weapons we possess until we use them to confront any upcoming aggression against the Gaza Strip," he said.

Israel and Hamas are currently negotiating, through a German mediator, a deal under which Israel would release hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails in return for an Israeli soldier captured in 2006.


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