Hamas’s al-Aqsa TV aired footage on Wednesday of M-75 rocket production somewhere in the Gaza Strip in what it said was the course of the current conflict. The report said the clip was shot on August 7.
“Ya’alon threatens us with a ground offensive,” says Hamas spokesman Abu Ubaida in the video, according to a MEMRI translation. “We say to him: You are threatening us with something we are anticipating, you son of a Jew?”
The TV report shows masked men assembling, polishing and airbrushing rockets.
“The enemy should know that we have already compensated for the equipment and ammunition we lost in the war,” the Hamas spokesman says.
“Your defeatist leadership claimed to have destroyed our rocket capability,” says a Hamas member. “However, despite the aggression, our production continues — from the workshop to the battlefield.”
Israel believes Hamas had some 10,000 rockets before the start of the conflict last month. Hamas has fired over 3,000 rockets at Israel, and the IDF believes it has destroyed a similar number in Hamas ammunition stores and elsewhere in Gaza.