Hamas leader calls Palestinians to self-defence

'We won two wars before, because God is with us. Even if we have to do it alone, we will defend our land. We are not making threats, but self-defence is our right' said Meshaal.

Hamas leader calls Palestinians to self-defence

World Bulletin / News Desk

Palestinian resistance group Hamas leader Kaled Meshaal has called on all Palestinian resistance groups to self-themselves as they face increasing pressure from Israeli airstrikes and a possible ground operation in the Gaza Strip.

Speaking from Doha, Qatar, where he is based, Meshaal told a TV channel that he was rejecting prospects of a ceasefire with Israel, blaming the Zionist occupation for starting the tit-for-tat rocket attacks.

'The Palestinian people have the right to resist and defend themselves,' he said.

'The West wants a ceasefire. First Netanyahu should cease his aggression, halt the construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem, stop arresting Palestinians and end the occupation,' he added.

'We won two wars before, because God is with us. Even if we have to do it alone, we will defend our land. We are not making threats, but self-defence is our right' said Meshaal.

Calling the Arab world to stand with Palestine, Meshaal warned Israeli's that Netanyahu was only leading them to defeat after defeat.

Israel has launched an ongoing wide-scale operation in the Gaza Strip since late Monday, killing at least 75 and wounding over 530 with hundreds of airstrikes.

Ahead of the operation, the Israeli government approved the deployment of 40,000 ground troops on the Strip's border for a possible ground assault.

According to Palestinian security sources, Israeli warplanes have conducted more than 770 strikes against Gaza targets during the same period.

Israel's military offensive – dubbed "Operation Protective Edge" – was declared with the stated aim of staunching rocket fire from Gaza.

Gaza-based resistance factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rockets into Israel in response to the unrelenting airstrikes.

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