Commander: Hamas to resume attacks inside Israel 2007-10-30 20:10:49   Print

    GAZA, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) will move from the state of self defense to that of attacks against Israeli army from the Gaza Strip, a Hamas political leader said on Tuesday, adding that he was told so by a military commander.

    "A few days ago, I have met Hamas' military wing chief, Mohammed al-Dief, and he told me we will start attacking Israel instead of just defending ourselves," Hamas political leader Ahmed Nemer, who is based in Gaza, told Hamas supporters during a rally in southern Gaza.

    "The al-Qassam Brigades are ready now and wait the orders from the political levels to strike inside the heart of Israel, the occupation entity, if they did not stop the killings and operations in Gaza Strip," Nemer added, quoting al-Deif.

    Al-Deif's only appearance before the media was in late 2005 when Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip. He has survived numerous Israeli assassination attempts while Israel says he was badly wounded in one of the air strikes and was sent outside the Gaza Strip for treatment.

    Israel began restricting fuel shipments to Gaza on Sunday as part of sanctions imposed in response to Palestinian rocket attacks on the Jewish state that military operations have been unable to stop.

    The sanctions came after Israel declared the territory, which Hamas seized in mid-June by violence, a "hostile entity" on Sept.19.

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