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Hamas threatens ‘explosion’ if Israel tightens Gaza restrictions

Masked Hamas members apparently prepare incendiary balloons to be launched toward Israel from the Gaza Strip, on May 8, 2021. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
Illustrative: Masked Hamas members apparently prepare incendiary balloons to be launched toward Israel from the Gaza Strip, May 8, 2021 (MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)

The Hamas terror group threatens Israel with an “explosion” should it again tighten restrictions on Gaza, as balloon-borne incendiary devices launched from the enclave spark a handful of fires in southern Israel.

Earlier today, Israeli authorities did not allow Qatari-backed fuel into the Gaza Strip, citing a failure by Palestinian Authority officials in Gaza to coordinate with them. The diesel fuel runs Gaza’s only power plant.

“More restrictions on Gaza will only generate an explosion in the face of the occupation,” Hamas spokesperson Abd al-Latif al-Qanou tells official Hamas radio.

Israel and Egypt impose tight restrictions on Gaza, which they say are necessary to prevent a greater threat from the Strip’s Hamas rulers. The terror group took over Gaza in a 2007 coup against the Palestinian Authority.

Al-Qanou adds: “Our people will not be patient for long over the lack of reconstruction and the lag in procedures to break the siege.”

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