A senior Hamas leader says the Gaza-based resistance movement has not yet used its “main assets” in its campaign against the Israeli regime’s acts of aggression targeting Palestinians in the occupied territories and Gaza, and that it is still using its old defense equipment only to “get rid of” them.
Hamas deputy leader, Saleh al-Arouri said that the rockets that have been fired by the group’s military wing — Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades — towards the Israeli-occupied territories are the old ones.
“We want to get rid of them (the old rockets). Qassam’s main assets have not been unveiled yet,” the Palestinian official said, in an indication that more surprises may yet be awaiting the Israeli enemy in the latest flare-up between the two sides.
Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territories have been simmering with rage in the past weeks over the regime’s scheme to expel dozens of Palestinians from their homes in the volatile Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds as part of a long-running scheme to Judaize Palestinian lands.
The anger further intensified earlier this month with Israeli attacks on Palestinian worshipers in the al-Aqsa Mosque complex during the fasting days of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
Amid the tension, Israel has launched yet another brutal aerial campaign against mainly civilian targets in Gaza. So far, at least 72 Palestinians, including women and children, have lost their lives and nearly 400 others have been wounded as a result of Israel’s air raids.
The Israeli military has been under fire globally over its crimes against Palestinians, especially those residing in Gaza, which has already been under a crippling Israeli siege.
On social media, heart-wrenching photos and footage of the bloodbath in Gaza have been circulating under hashtags such as ‘Palestine under attack’ and ‘Gaza under attack,’ prompting anti-occupation users to renew solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian nation.
Meanwhile, the resistance movements in Gaza have not been sitting idly by in the wake of all the brutalities. Appearing noticeably stronger than before, the resistance fighters took Israel by surprise with massive barrages of rockets that they have fired toward many cities in the occupied territories over the past days.
Since Monday evening, Hamas has fired around 1,500 rockets from Gaza, according to the latest estimate by Israel’s army.
Israeli medical officials say seven people have been killed in the panic-stricken occupied lands, suggesting that the regime’s much-publicized “Iron Dome” missile system has miserably failed in the face of the massive rocket fire.
Elsewhere in his comments, the Hamas official said the enemy has failed in all of its plots to seize control of al-Quds, and that the issue revolving around the occupied city is at the top of the resistance’s priorities.
“The enemy should not imagine that the martyrdom of resistance commanders can weaken us. The path of resistance continues and it is getting stronger every day,” Arouri emphasized, referring to the martyrdom of two Hamas commanders in the Israeli raids on Tuesday.