In an attempt to show military strength, Hamas will be parading a helicopter and a tank through Gaza. PHOTO: Twitter.

In an attempt to demonstrate its strength, Hamas is preparing a parade in Gaza in which it will display its sole helicopter and tank.

Gaza sources reported on Tuesday that Hamas restored the private helicopter of former Palestinian Authority president, the late Yasser Arafat, in order to display it before the Palestinian public. A security source in the Gaza Strip notified reporters that Arafat’s helicopter, which Hamas recently finished refurbishing, is now being held at a secure locate in the western part of Gaza, and will be displayed in the march, which will “be held soon.”

Saeb Abu Rakba, a resident of Gaza, told reporters that the helicopter, “had been lying in disrepair for years on the Gazan coast, filled with dirt and dust,” according to NRG. Other residents, like Muhammad Saqer, expressed their joy over Gazans having a helicopter of their own, saying that Hamas should “display the helicopter in a more prominent place, so that the residents of Gaza will be able to see it and be filled with pride.”

Hamas will also be parading around a tank of their own creation, alongside the helicopter. Photos of the tank appeared on social media, and the new tank is located at one of the bases of the Izzeldine Al-Qassam Brigades. According to reports, the tank is most likely not operational, but only a mock-up structure of a tank which is used by Hamas gunmen in training to take over armored vehicles.

This display of military strength by Hamas comes in the wake of rising threats from the ISIS terrorist organization to attack Hamas for imprisoning members of a Salafist organization in Gaza associated with the Islamic State.

Additionally, mysterious explosions have struck Hamas locations in the Gaza Strip after threats were issued against Hamas.

Meanwhile, Hamas set up dozens of roadblocks and checkpoints across the Gaza Strip, and has arrested suspected Salafists over the explosions. A security source in the Gaza Strip explained that “the security deployment and setting up roadblocks is meant to catch those responsible for the [recent] bombings in the Streets of Gaza. The security forces arrested dozens of Salafists, among them five who admitted during interrogation that they were responsible for the bombings.”

He also insisted that “Salafists in Gaza have no contact with ISIS. There is no ISIS organization in the Gaza Strip.”

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Source:: The Algemeiner


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