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Hamas, Jihad chiefs make first appearance since July 8

Several senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders appear in public shortly after a Gaza truce takes hold, the first time they have done so since the conflict began on July 8.

Among them is Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior member of the Hamas political wing, and senior Jihad official Mohammed al-Hindi, who gives a rousing victory speech to thousands of people gathered in a square in Gaza City’s Rimal neighborhood.

“We’re going to build our port and our airport, and if they attack the port, they attack the port. But anyone who attacks the airport will have their airport attacked again,” Zahar says.

He refers to a two-day suspension of flights into Tel Aviv by major US and European airlines in mid-July after a rocket from Gaza struck near the runway, in a move hailed as a victory by Hamas.

— AFP

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