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March 23, 2016 5:59 pm

Report: Hamas Conducts Massive Military Drills in Gaza to Test Readiness for Next War With Israel

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Rockets launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip. Photo: Twitter.

Rockets launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip. Photo: Twitter.

While world attention was focused on the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, Hamas was conducting major military exercises in Gaza, to test its readiness for another war with Israel, i24 News reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, the drills were not covered by members of the media in Gaza, who were barred from the area. But, as AFP reported, loud explosions could be heard emanating from the Palestinian enclave, controlled by Hamas since 2006.

The type and amount of weapons used in the exercises – which reportedly involved 1,000 police, military and emergency services personnel – was not revealed. However, hospitals and schools in the area where they were taking place were placed on alert, according to AFP.

AFP also quoted a Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman saying the exercises did not constitute a “declaration of war.”

Since 2008, Israel has fought Hamas in Gaza three times, the most recent of these was Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, whose aim was to destroy rocket and tunnel infrastructure in the Strip, from which Israel withdrew in 2005.

Hamas has been boasting about rebuilding its terror network for the purpose of kidnapping and killing Israelis. Over the past several weeks, a number of Hamas operatives have been killed in the process, when tunnels in which they were working collapsed. It has not been established whether these collapses were caused by Israel (possibly with assistance from Egypt) or due to heavy rainfall. Both Israel and Egypt have denied involvement.

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  • HaroldT

    What a wonderful gathering that was missed by the stupid Israeli’s to blow them all straight to their 72 virgins.

  • I wonder if anybody in the UN read this piece?

  • nathan cheiman

    The IDF will flatten Gaza for good in the next war

  • ted weiss

    you canthave hamass without ham

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Three wars and no victory. The fourth war might produce a victory for Hamas unless Israel wipes them out once and for all.

    Every war Israel has fought since 1948 was stopped when Israel was winning.

    Who did it? The U.N.. Pres. Eisenhower. Russia and the U.N. and then the U.N., the U.N., the U.N..

    Israel only has to lose one time and our enemies know it.

  • Dr. Joseph Levy

    What is Israel waiting for? No other nation on this planet would permit an avowed hostile enemy who does not recognize the Sate of Israel who has vowed to destroy Israel, to exist on its borders. Israel should carpet bomb all the Arabs on its borders who have one mission and that is to destroy Israel. The Americans took out Germany and Japan who were also at war with the USA and Israel should do the same. The world does not support Israel. The world supports the Arabs who have one mission and that is to destroy all Western value based nations and Israel is one of those nations. No more false negotiations. No more waiting for attacks from these criminal Arabs. Destroy them before they destroy Israel!

  • Peter Joffe

    As is proven again and again you cannot make peace with Muslims as it is against their core beliefs. The same will apply to Iran as they too have declared their hatred of Jews and Israel. The Quran declares war on all non Muslims so where do we go except to war??? Peace in the middle east is NOT possible.