Hamas gunmen in the Gaza Strip | Photo credit: Reuters
Israel HaYom By: Lilach Shoval, Gadi Golan and Daniel Siryoti
Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades are constantly trying to improve their rocket launching capabilities, a senior military official says • Hamas prevents attacks against Israel on the one hand, while developing naval and drone capabilities on the other, he says.
Hamas is gearing for a fresh round of violence and is sparing no effort to enhance its arsenal and train its operatives, especially the Nukhbah force, the military wing’s elite terror unit, a senior officer with the Southern Command told reporters Thursday.
In a briefing with military correspondents, the officer said that Hamas special forces currently number some 20,000 operatives, making up approximately a quarter of Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades’ troops.
Gaza Strip’s rulers also strive to develop their drone and naval capabilities, including terrorist divers, he said, adding that Hamas was actively pursuing improved rocket launching capabilities, but it has yet to rehabilitate its pre-2014 firing abilities, which were significantly crippled during Operation Protective Edge.