The radical Muslims of Hamas in the Gaza Strip claim they have been building missiles to restock the cache they launched against Israel.
“Your defeatist leadership claimed to have destroyed our rocket capability,” said a member of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, in remarks directed at Israel. “However, despite the aggression, our production continues – from the workshop to the battlefield.”
Hamas and Israel agreed to five more days of cease-fire just as a 72-hour truce wound down Wednesday night. The war began five weeks ago when Israel responded to the regular rocket attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians.
The Hamas boasts were reported by Al-Aqsa TV, the Hamas channel, in a segment that aired Wednesday, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute.
MEMRI said that according to the narrator, “the surprises offered by the Al-Qassam Brigades” go far beyond the tunnels.
A member of the unit said: “Despite the aggression, production continues – from the workshops to the battlefield.”
Hamas spokesman Abu Obeida said Israel “threatens us with a ground offensive.”
“We say to him: You are threatening us with something we are anticipating, you son of a Jew?”
A reporter then explains, “When the Al-Qassam Brigades say something, they mean it.”
Obeida declared: “The enemy should know that we have already compensated for the equipment and ammunition we lost in the war.”
The Hamas report said the “surprises offered by the Al-Qassam Brigades were not restricted to the tunnels presented by Al-Aqsa TV and Al-Jazeera TV and did not end with the capturing of soldiers.”
“They go far beyond that.”
The report said that Aug. 7, when “the Zionist military forces were attacking Gaza from air, land, and sea, the Al-Qassam Brigades were launching strikes against Tel Aviv and Haifa, as well as neighboring towns in occupied Palestine.”
“Others continue to produce additional rockets, capable of striking deep into Zionist territory with the utmost precision. These rockets replenish the shortage stemming from the daily launchings. This M-75 rocket, by way of example, is being prepared for launching.”
The goal of the cease-fire is to allow Egyptians to find a basis of agreement on a longer halt to the missiles.
Israel Hayom reported Gaza terrorists fired eight rockets at Israel just as the three-day ceasefire was to finish, but no casualties were reported and hostilities soon were ended.
The violence is the worst since in Gaza was a three-week-long war in 2008-2009.