Gaza Strip (QNN)- The Palestinian resistance factions in the Gaza Strip conducted this week a joint military drill aiming at enhancing the efficiency and full readiness of fighters to be able to confront any Israeli aggression.
The four-day joint military drill, dubbed “Al-Rukn Al-Shadid 2,” which means “the strong foundation,” started on Sunday and completed on Wednesday, aimed at simulating responses to an Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.
Several Palestinian resistance factions participated in the drill, including the Islamic Resistance movement of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and a number of other Palestinian groups, except the military wing of Fatah movement.
In a statement issued on behalf of all the resistance factions participating in the drill, Hamas said that the “resistance will not sit idly by as the occupation escalates its violations against our Palestinian people.”
“Palestinian resistance in Gaza is ready to face any Israeli aggression,” a senior leader of Al Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad also said.
“The Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip is united and ready to face any new Zionist aggression,” the senior leader of Al Quds Brigades said, adding “the liberation of the Palestinian prisoners and Al-Aqsa Mosque are at the top of our priorities.”
“This military drill is a message to the Arab and Muslim worlds that Gaza is strong enough, and will not be defeated easily,” the senior leader noted while stressing that the resistance was the “strategic choice” of the Palestinian people to liberate their land.
Ayman Nofel, a senior leader in the Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, stressed that “the Palestinian resistance factions send their messages to the friend and the enemy and that the Palestinian prisoners are at the top of our priorities.”
This is the second joint military drill held by the resistance factions, as the first, bearing the same name, was held in December 2020.
This came in the wake of a severe wave of attacks and violence carried out by extremist Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the occupied territories as well as by the Israeli occupation authorities against Palestinian prisoners.
This also came amid high tensions between Gaza and the occupation state as the Palestinian factions have refused linking Gaza’s reconstruction to the file of prisoners, as ‘Israel’ conditions the release of four Israelis held by Hamas for allowing the reconstruction of the Gaza.
(Source / 30.12.2021)