News, March 2008
Zahar: Israel failed to achieve goals in Gaza invasion
The massive Israeli incursion in the Gaza Strip
failed thanks to the Palestinian resistance groups which countered
Israeli attacks against children, women and the elderly, senior Hamas
leader Mahomoud Zahar said in a press conference in Gaza City on Monday.
[ 03/03/2008 - 10:16 AM ]
The Hamas Movement on Monday asserted that the retreat of the IOF troops from Jabalia earlier today heralded the failure of any possible IOF ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.
Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, told a press conference in Gaza city that the Zionist defeat east of Jabalia in face of the resistance fighters indicated that any future IOF offensive would end in absolute failure.
He said that the IOF command was trying to make up for its defeat through escalating air strikes that result in "bloody massacres on civilians including women and children".
"The massacres will boost our determination to confront aggression and to protect the Palestinian people," he underlined, adding that Israeli premier Ehud Olmert should study the lesson of his soldiers' defeat before the Qassam Brigades.
Despite the heavy price the Palestinians are paying, the IOF war would fail in achieving its targets and would not break the people's determination, the spokesman emphasized.
Abu Zuhri said that the leakage of news that Olmert had sanctioned the assassination of Hamas leaders would not terrorize Hamas, and warned the Israeli occupation government of reprisals if it embarked on any such "foolishness".
He denounced the continued official Arab silence vis-à-vis such bloodbaths, and urged the Arab masses to hit the streets in angry demonstrations against the American-baked Israeli genocide.
The Hamas spokesman charged that the world community was involved in the IOF crimes against the Palestinian people through its silence and/or attempts to justify them.
The images of murder and destruction inflicted by the IOF incursion reflect the "Nazism of occupation and spur our people to defend themselves with all means", he elaborated.
Abu Zuhri said that the IOF aggression did not stop and the genocide is still ongoing as air raids take place every few minutes, but asserted that any ground invasion of Gaza would not be met with flowers but will be faced with stiff resistance.
Fawzi Barhoum, another Hamas spokesman, said that the "great victory" achieved by resistance against the invading troops proved that resistance is the only option capable of protecting the Palestinian people after failure of negotiations.
The Israeli onslaught that started on Wednesday has resulted in the death of 116 Palestinians and the wounding of 350 others.
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