Hamas threatens Israel following assassination of Hamas terrorist Mazen Faqha; Announces it has developed advanced short-range rockets
Hamas has developed a more advanced short-range rocket capable of reaching 10 kilometers with stronger explosion capabilities.
The terrorist organization boasted of its missiles while also threatening the State of Israel, promising retaliation for the assassination of a predominant Hamas terrorist, Mazen Faqha, who they claim was killed by the Mossad.
Faqha was one of the terrorists who orchestrated a suicide bombing in Safed in 2002 in which nine Israelis were killed. He was sentenced to nine-life terms incarceration in Israel. He was released as part of the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.
Faqha was assassinated on Friday in the Gaza Strip, his funeral on Monday attended by thousands.
Israel refused to comment on the reports.
Hamas political head Khaled Mashaal, while speaking at the funeral live from Qatar, stated, “Israel decided to change the rules of the game. The criminal Zionist occupier took from us a great hero, who was released from Zionist prison. The struggle continues and we in the leadership accept the challenge… We are at war with this criminal enemy and if the enemy changes the equation- we accept that. We are one people and we are committed to our brothers in the Zionist enemy’s prisons. Gaza Strip and the West Bank are a show of the Palestinian people’s resilience.”
Reports claim that Faqha had been planning an attack on Israel in the past few weeks.
Hamas’s military wing, al-Qassam Brigades, warned that the assassination will damage any negotiations for a prisoner exchange with Israel, likely referring to possible talks for the return of the bodies of Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, two IDF soldiers killed during Operation Protective Edge. Hamas refuses to return their bodies to their families.