GAZA STRIP (Dispatches) – Leader of the Palestinian resistance movement in Gaza, Hamas, has warned that if the Zionist regime does not fully end its siege imposed on Gaza since mid-2007, his movement will escalate resistance measures.
Speaking to a gathering in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar called on the regime to lift its siege on Gaza; otherwise, the Palestinian resistance movement would head towards a military confrontation.
According to Israeli journalist Gal Berger, the appearance of Sinwar for the first time in two months is sending a strong message to the occupying regime.
The journalist confirmed that the last time Sinwar appeared was when he met with Chairman of the Qatar Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza Mohammed Al-Emadi.
“The General Commander of Al Qassam Brigades Mohammad Deif has a say in the coming confrontation, and Gaza is ready for it,” declared Sinwar, according to Berger.
In another development, Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh assured Palestinians that efforts are ongoing to free detainees held by the Zionist regime.
“The efforts made by Hamas to secure the release of all Palestinian detainees from Israeli prisons are still ongoing,” Haniyeh said during a phone call with Anhar al-Deek to congratulate her on her release from an Israeli prison, according to a Hamas statement on Saturday.
On Thursday, a Zionist court ruled to conditionally release al-Deek, who is nine months pregnant.
“The Ofer Military Court decided to release her on a financial bail of 40,000 shekels ($12,500) while also putting her under house arrest in her family’s home in the town of Kafr Ni’ma (west of Ramallah),” her lawyer Akram Samara said.
Haniyeh vowed to make the issue of detainees “at the top of [Hamas] priorities” and praised the detainees for their steadfastness.
There are around 4,850 Palestinian detainees in the occupying regime’s prisons, including 41 women, 225 children, and 540 administrative detainees, according to rights groups.
Meanwhile, Hamas holds captive four Zionists, including two troopers.