World Bulletin/News Desk
The Palestinian faction Hamas revealed on Sunday that it had plans to stimulate resistance against Israel both in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
"We will employ all our energies to get the resistance going both in the West Bank and Jerusalem," senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya said.
"Gaza will continue to be a supporter of resistance until Palestine is completely liberated," he added in an address, following a Hamas military parade in the Gaza Strip.
Al-Hayya warned against delaying the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, which has been severely battered by a 51-day Israeli offensive in July and August.
He said Israel's blockade, which has been imposed on Gaza since 2007, had only made the resolve of its residents stronger, noting that all attempts aiming at undermining his movement would ultimately fail.
Al-Hayya called for reconciliation with rival faction Fatah, underlining the need for a "genuine partnership" between Hamas and Fatah.
QASSAM THANKS IRAN
Hamas movement's military wing, the Ezzedin Al-Qassam Brigades, has thanked Iran for providing "financial and military" assistance to the Palestinian group.
Speaking at a Gaza City rally on Sunday, the Brigades spokesman Abu Obeida singled out Iran to thank for its "support of the Palestinian resistance" by providing the Brigades with rockets which the group used against Israel during the latter's deadly military offensive on the Gaza Strip this summer.
Abu Obeida also thanked Qatar and Turkey for "supporting [Gaza's] people and the Palestinian cause."
"The upgrade in Al-Qassam Brigades' military capabilities over time has been evident throughout each confrontation with the Israeli army," Abu Obeida said during the rally, held to commemorate the passage of 27 years since Hamas' foundation.
"And we have more to show the Israeli army," he added.
Abu Obeida also said that the Brigades "won't accept anything less than a total reconstruction" of the Gaza Strip, which has suffered massive material damage from this year's Israeli offensive.
He went on to say that the freeing of thousands of Palestinians imprisoned in Israel is "only a matter of time."
Hamas staged a military parade in the coastal territory on Sunday to commemorate the 27th anniversary of its founding, which happens to be December 14.
Hundreds of masked fighters from the group's military wing, the Ezzedin Al-Qassam Brigades, marched through the city's main roads holding locally-manufactured and other rifles as well as mortar shells.
The fighters also demonstrated, for the first time, one of three locally-manufactured drones which the Brigades had announced earlier this year it was working on developing.
They also demonstrated two domestically-produced M75 and R160 rockets respectively, which have been used to strike Israeli cities during this summer's Israeli military offensive on the blockaded coastal enclave.
Hamas fired hundreds of rockets at Israeli cities during Israel's 51-day military onslaught on the coastal strip in July and August.
It also claimed to have captured an Israeli soldier and was said by Israel to have seized the body of another during the course of the offensive.
The Israeli military operation, launched with the stated aim of ending rocket fire from Gaza, left more than 2,160 Palestinians dead and more than 11,000 injured, the vast majority of them civilians.
Around 73 Israelis – including 68 army troops – were also killed over the same period, according to Israeli data, while a total of 2,522 Israelis, including 740 troops, were reportedly injured during the conflict.
Last week, Israel's daily Maarif reported that 500 Israeli soldiers have sustained physical disabilities from the war.
Labeled a "terrorist organization" by Israel and much of the west, Hamas was established in 1987 by Sheikh Ahmed Yassin during the first Intifada, or Palestinian uprising, against the Israeli occupation.
An icon of the Palestinian popular resistance, wheelchair-bound Yassin was assassinated by Israel in 2004.
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