Siege, impeding Gaza rebuilding to spark conflict: Hamas

Qassam Brigades warned against Israel's ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip and delaying the reconstruction of the Palestinian territory

Siege, impeding Gaza rebuilding to spark conflict: Hamas

World Bulletin/News Desk

Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian faction Hamas, on Thursday warned against Israel's ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip and delaying the reconstruction of the Palestinian territory.

The brigades said these actions would "blow up" in the face of Israeli authorities.

"The enemies will be fully responsible for ushering in this new explosion," brigades spokesman Abu Ubaidah said.

"The Israeli enemy is fully responsible for delaying the reconstruction of Gaza, but the resistance would continue to keep its finger on the trigger," he added during an event for honoring the relatives of the victims of the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah.

Israel's offensive, which lasted for 51 days and came to an end on August 26, left 2,157 Gaza residents dead and more than 11,000 others injured.

The offensive also left thousands of Palestinian homes and public facilities either in total or partial ruin.

A donors' conference in the Egyptian capital Cairo a few weeks ago pledged $5.4 billion in aid for the Palestinians, an amount of money almost half of which should go for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

Even with this, Gaza's reconstruction has not started yet.

The Qassam Brigades' spokesman said Palestinian resistance against Israel was legitimate and that Palestinians would not accept to be brought to what he called "square 1."

He said his brigades had captured a second Israeli soldier in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah during the Israeli offensive.

During the offensive, which started in early July, the brigades said it had captured one Israeli soldier. Two days later, the Israeli army said that one of its soldiers had gone missing during an operation inside Gaza.

Israel accuses Hamas of keeping the remains of an Israeli officer who was killed during an eastern Rafah battle on August 1.

The Palestinian faction did not either confirm or deny the Israeli accusation.

Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians say, deprives Gaza's almost 1.9 million population of their most basic needs, which include medical equipment and medicines and construction materials.

The blockade was imposed on Gaza soon after Hamas took it over in 2007.

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