GAZA (Dispatches) – Hamas has downplayed the threat of Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to launch a large-scale offensive on the Gaza Strip as "useless."
Netanyahu's threat to wage a war against Gaza "is empty of its content and comes in the frame of his election campaign," said Abdulatif al-Qanoua, Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said in a press statement.
"Netanyahu will certainly lose any new war that will be waged against Gaza, similar to the previous ones," al-Qanoua warned.
Our "armed resistance now is bigger than before and is able to foil any new plans," he added.
On Sunday, Netanyahu threatened a large-scale Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip against the Hamas-led resistance groups.
Earlier in the day, the Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper quoted a well-informed Hamas source as saying the movement had sent the last warning to the Zionist regime about its commitment to implement the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire deal.
"If the occupier (the Zionist regime) doesn't allow the transfer of the Qatari funds and doesn't increase electricity until the end of this week, the situation will go toward escalation in the Gaza Strip," the source told the Lebanese paper.
Meanwhile, five Palestinians were injured by Zionist troops escorting hundreds of settlers into a shrine in the occupied West Bank.
Ma’an news agency quoted local sources as saying that clashes erupted between local Palestinians and Zionist troops after hundreds of Zionist settlers attempted to enter the compound of Joseph’s Tomb (Qabr Yusuf), east of Nablus, under Israeli army protection in the early hours of Tuesday.
According to the report, the Zionist troops fired rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, and sound bombs at the Palestinians.
Joseph’s Tomb is situated in the West Bank’s so-called Area A, which is controlled by the Palestinian Authority; however, the Israeli military allows the settlers to visit the site without approval.
This is while the regime prevents Muslims from worshiping there.
In this file picture, fighters from al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas resistance movement, take part in a parade in Gaza City.