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Hamas Fires Rockets into the Sea

Hamas Fires Rockets into the Sea

Thursday, 2 July, 2020 - 07:15
This Monday, June 29, 2020 photo shows an area near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, in the West Bank. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner)
Ramallah - Asharq Al-Awsat

Gaza's Hamas movement fired a volley of rockets into the sea Wednesday in a warning to Israel not to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

Hamas launched about 24 test rockets from the coastal Palestinian territory as thousands of people in Gaza City answered calls for street protests.

Ynet journalist Elior Levy said that Hamas unconventionally launched a volley of rockets towards the sea, a matter thought to be a warning for Israel against annexation. This step clarifies Hamas military intentions in case Israel moved forward with its plan.

Earlier, a Hamas spokesman warned Israel that annexing parts of the West Bank is a declaration of war and would bring much regret to Israel, which in its part is concerned that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is dragging Hamas to a confrontation.

Israel assumes that Hamas and Islamic Jihad will definitely retaliate in response to annexation.

Factions in Gaza agreed last Sunday on a national work plan to confront US President Donald Trump’s Deal of the Century. This plan grants a green light to full resistance against plots to liquidated Palestinians.

Mohammed Harazin from Islamic Jihad stressed that all forces and factions are united against annexation. His movement threatened earlier that it has the right to use all means to face the Israeli plan, hinting at a potential military escalation.

In the past weeks, the Israeli army has been closely monitoring the next step of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.

The military is preparing itself for several potential scenarios such as protests, individual or sleeper cell attacks, or missile launches by Islamic Jihad.

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