Hamas Estimates Its Losses at Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars from Israeli Strikes

Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18, 2014. Israel launched a ground invasion in Gaza, escalating a 10-day campaign of heavy air bombardments to try to destroy Hamas' rocket-firing abilities and the tunnels militants use to infiltrate Israel. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

Hamas has suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to its “property,” mainly in the loss of dozens of rockets, as a result of Israeli strikes in Gaza over the weekend, according to initial estimates from within the group.

The Israeli attacks struck four weapons factories and storage facilities, mostly utilized for rockets belonging to the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ so-called military wing, according to a source in the organization. One rocket workshop was also said to have been completely destroyed in a strike on Friday evening at the Al Liwaa outpost controlled by the al-Qassam Brigades in northern Gaza.

Two members of the Brigades were reportedly killed in a separate strike on the Bader outpost, which served as an armament and production unit.

Beyond the loss of two of its terrorists, four Hamas installations suffered damage in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Hamas source said.

Meanwhile, senior jihadist Abou Baker al-Maqdesi has told Breitbart Jerusalem that four of the 10 jihadists who were arrested for firing rockets at Israel have been released from custody by Hamas security forces.

According to al-Maqdesi, the four were arrested for firing rockets aimed at Sderot in southern Israel on Friday.

“Hamas must have felt that the public wouldn’t view the arrest of the mujahedeen who fired the rockets in response to the American decision positively because Hamas’ people are well-known for their generosity,” he said.

Al-Maqdesi also warned that his fellow jihadists would continue to show their disapproval of the decision made by “the crusader Donald Trump.”

Hamas continued organizing rallies and marches against President Trump’s decision on Jerusalem on Monday, with one large demonstration being held in the Al Magazi refugee camp in central Gaza.

Hundreds of Hamas supporters and terrorist organization members participated in the event and Hamas spokespeople in attendance swore to continue their “resistance” against Trump’s decision.

The Hamas spokespeople repeatedly attempted to paint Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a declaration of war against the Palestinians and all Muslims.


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