Hamas threatens Israel with retaliation 25Dec10 December 26, 2010

Press TV -  25 December 2010

The military wing of the Islamic resistance movement Hamas has warned that any fresh Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip will be met with an unprecedented response.

“There is a truce in effect in the field. It is real if Israel stops its aggression and ends it’s siege. But if there is any Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip we will respond strongly,” Abu Abida, the spokesman for the al-Qassam Brigades told reporters in Gaza on Saturday.

The warning came as more than 100 Palestinians have lost their lives in attacks by Israeli warplanes and ground forces since March. He also said the resistance movement is much stronger than it used to be.

“We are completely ready to answer any Israeli aggression,” AFP quoted him as saying.

“Our weapons are few compared to those of the Israeli occupation, but we have something that will worry the occupation,” he said without giving any details.

In the latest assault on the Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on Rafah early Saturday, injuring three Palestinian civilians.

Palestinian officials say Israeli F-16s launched four airstrikes on tunnels beneath Rafah that run under the border with Egypt. The injured have been taken to a local hospital, they said.

The Israeli military has not commented on the airstrikes so far.

Israel has repeatedly attacked Gaza since its 22-day war on the territory last December.

Gazans are forced to bring in vital goods through tunnels under the border with Egypt since the coastal enclave has been under an Israeli siege since 2007.

On December 18, at least five people were killed by an Israeli aerial assault on the town of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

The attack was one of the deadliest carried out by the Israeli military since Tel Aviv’s December 2008-January 2009 war on the enclave, which left more than 1,400 dead and inflicted heavy damage — estimated to be above USD $1.6 billion — on the coastal area’s economy.

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