Hamas Claims to Have 10,000 Terrorists Within Israel

Yahya Sinwar arrives at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza on October 18, 2011, after being released by Israel as part of a prisoner swap for kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit (photo credit: REUTERS)
Yahya Sinwar arrives at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza on October 18, 2011, after being released by Israel as part of a prisoner swap for kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit (photo credit: REUTERS)

Gaza’s Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar claimed on Wednesday that Hamas has 500 km. of tunnels in the Gaza Strip and that only five percent of the tunnels had been damaged in recent clashes.

In his first speech since Operation Guardian of the Walls ended, Sinwar also warned that the Islamic terror group has 10,000 “martyrs” inside Israel who are “ready to respond” if Jerusalem is harmed.
“In the coming period, we will carry out an advanced popular resistance, whose back will be protected by military resistance,” he added.

Sinwar added that shortly before the ceasefire came into effect, Hamas had planned to fire 300 rockets at once, with 150 being directed at Tel Aviv, but decided not to out of respect for the Egyptian and Qatari mediators. Sinwar claimed that Hamas has the ability to launch hundreds of rockets per minute, with a range of 100-200 km.

The Hamas leader stressed that the ceasefire with Israel is unconditional and that no agreement had been signed by either side.
Despite reports that Israeli strikes destroyed much of the Hamas tunnel network (known as the “Metro”), Sinwar claimed that the Islamic terrorist movement has over 500 km. of tunnels in Gaza and that not even 5% of the tunnels were impacted by the strikes. Sinwar added that the damaged sections would be repaired within a few days.

The entire Gaza Strip has an area of 365 square kilometers, which would mean that the tunnel systems must cover most of the coastal enclave, if Sinwar’s claims are true. (Sinwar’s claim would make Hamas’s metro 100 km. longer than the entire London underground tunnel system. In Gaza’s more limited area, it could run 10 parallel lines north to south and another eight tunnels connecting them running east to west.) The IDF reported that it destroyed over 100 km. of Hamas tunnels during Operation Guardian of the Walls.

“The occupation has failed to destroy the Hamas metro,” said Sinwar. “The occupation did not achieve anything from its plans to deter the resistance, and it failed to assess the situation due to our preparations.”

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Source: Jerusalem Post