10 Years After Israeli Pullout From Gaza, Hamas Uses Settlement Ruins for Training
Among the many attractions available to Palestinian children in the area formerly known as Gush Katif are a theme park, water slides, a zoo – and a Hamas terror camp. Hundreds of teenagers aged 12 and up train there as Hamas shapes the future fighters of its military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. The teens practice live fire, learn how to read maps and offer first aid, and also practice the kidnapping of IDF soldiers.
What used to be Gush Katif is far from being Gaza’s Disneyland. After taking over the Gaza Strip two years after Israel’s pullout, Hamas constructed three large training complexes in the evacuated areas. The first is in the Hof Aza Regional Council – where Elei Sinai, Dugit and Nisanit once stood. The second is in the Netzarim corridor.