Restrictions aimed at stopping Palestinian groups from rearming in Gaza will not stop the flow of weapons into the enclave, a senior Hamas official said on Sunday.
Osama Hamdan, the Hamas representative in Lebanon, said Palestinian fighters had "begun to restore" their arsenal.
"We will continue to get weapons into Gaza and the (West) Bank. Let nobody think we will surrender to measures," he said during a speech in Beirut.
"Perhaps matters will get more difficult, but we are ready to ride out any difficulty ... so that the resistance continues," he said.
Those who think sea, air or satellite monitoring can detect weapons flow through tunnels are deluded, he added.
"I reassure you that from the first day of the ceasefire the resistance began to restore what it had lost and to develop what it (already) had," Hamdan added.
Israel made a deal with the United States, which European powers and Egypt backed, to prevent the flow of any supplies to Gaza.
France said on Friday it would send a frigate to patrol international waters off the coast of the Gaza Strip to control sea trafficking.
Meanwhile, Hamas said it would be distributing $52 million in aid to people affected by Israel's 3-week offensive which devastated Gaza.
The cash compensations for lost relatives or damaged homes would come from its own funds, Hamas said, until relief pledged by international donors can come in.
Some Hamas aid has already been passed out in a few cases in recent days, but Hamas said its formal distribution was beginning Sunday.
Gazans live under heavy Israel siege for a long time and Egypt still insists on not to opening the only Gaza border crossing in a move condemned by Muslims around the world in protests, leaving Gazans desperate to digging tunnels underground and risking their lives.
Israel killed more than 1,300 Palestinians, a third of them children in the 22-day military aggression on Gaza and wounded 5,300 Palestinians, and Gaza infrastructure suffered massive damage totaling some 476 million dollars, according to Palestinian medics and officials.
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