New footage apparently shows Gazans protesting against Hamas

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

An anti-Hamas Telegram channel called “Gaza’s Liberators” shares new videos apparently documenting protests against the terror group last night in the Strip.

In the short clips, that are reportedly filmed in Rafah, the southern town where over a million displaced Gazans are sheltering from the flighting, and Jabaliya in the north of the Strip, people are seen chanting slogans against Hamas leaders, that rhyme in Arabic: “Listen listen Haniyeh, come back home from Turkey, listen listen Hamdan, come back home from Lebanon,” referring to Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh (who now lives in Qatar) and top terror group official Osama Hamdan.

In other footage shared by the channel, protesters shout “Sinwar, Haniyeh, the people are the victims,” “Bring down Hamas,” and “The people want a bag of flour.”

In both locations, the channel reports that Hamas security forces opened fire on the rallying crowds. In Jabaliya, one person was reportedly killed and three seriously wounded.

It is unclear how many people participated in the protests.

Three of the clips are shared by the IDF’s Arabic language spokesperson Avichay Adraee on X, who comments: “The people of Gaza know the cause of the tragedy in the Strip and the consequences of the flood of devastation and terror generated by [Hamas’s Gaza leader Yahya] Sinwar and his clique.”

Over the past weeks, videos have emerged documenting apparent anti-Hamas rallies in the Strip, including one last Friday when riots broke out after a Palestinian teen was shot dead by Hamas police as he tried to grab items from a humanitarian aid truck at the Rafah crossing from Egypt.

The displaced Palestinians in Rafah — more than half of Gaza’s population — have been sheltering in sprawling makeshift encampments near the Egyptian border amid a spiraling humanitarian crisis.

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