The Gaza-based Islamic Jihad terrorist group showcased its military capabilities on Iranian TV last week, displaying tunnels, rockets, mortars and other weapons.
A spokesman for the group’s Al-Quds Brigades, Abu Hamza, speaking with his face covered and voice disguised, said in the report that the tunnels were meant to capture Israeli soldiers for use in prisoner exchanges.
“It is our natural right and our duty to capture Israeli soldiers,” he said, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Iran has provided support to the group since it was established, Hamza said in the broadcast on Al-Alam TV.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad Showcases Military Capabilities on Iranian TV: It Is Our Natural Right to Capture Israeli Soldiers; We Have Rockets, New TunnelsOn February 24, 2019, Al-Alam TV (Iran) aired a report about the Al-Quds Brigades, which is one of the military wings of the Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. Abu Hamza, the Brigades' spokesman, said that the Al-Quds Brigades are a comprehensive military system that has many offensive and defensive capabilities and that Iran has been supporting the Palestinian fighters since the its establishment. The report showed fighters performing a drill that involved clearing rooms and the use mortars, RPGs, machine guns, .50-caliber sniper rifles, and explosives. The report also showed a "workshop" in a tent containing what appeared to be 100 missiles. Militants were shown constructing rockets, and Al-Alam TV got "exclusive" access to the Bader 1 rockets – which are also known as "Ashkelon's Hell" – of which several dozen were visible. Abu Hamza said that Islamic Jihad's missiles can reach Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Netanya, and "even further." In addition, the report showed several underground tunnels, which Abu Hamza explained were for the purpose of capturing Israeli soldiers in order to exchange them for Palestinian prisoners. He said: "It is our natural right and our duty to capture Israeli soldiers."See more: https://www.memri.org/tv/palestinian-islamic-jihad-showcases-military-capabilties-iranian-tv-right-capture-israeli-soldiers-tunners-rockets-iran-support
Posted by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Tuesday, February 26, 2019
The clip featured members of the group storming a replica village in a training exercise with explosives, machine guns, sniper rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
The terrorist faction also showed off a “military industry” tent with stockpiles of rockets and showed militants building the projectiles. The rockets can reach Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Netanya and farther, Hamza said. He went on to claim credit for a November rocket strike on Ashkelon.
Acknowledging Iran’s support, Hamza added that, “since the day of its establishment, the Islamic Republic [of Iran] has been supporting the Palestinian fighters financially, militarily, in raining, and in all aspects.”