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Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades: Gaza won
Published Thursday 22/11/2012 (updated) 23/11/2012 15:46
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AL-Qassam Brigade fighters speak with the media during a news
conference in Gaza City on Nov. 22, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas' armed wing on Thursday announced a victory after an eight-day war which left 170 Palestinians and five Israelis dead.

Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obaida said the Palestinian people and the resistance had won, but that the battle wasn't over, addressing the media outside the home of the brigades' assassinated commander Ahmad al-Jaabari.

"The battle with the Israeli occupation hasn't ended yet, because the occupation is still going on and the Zionist enemy is known for treachery therefore the al-Qassam Brigades and the resistance will always have their eyes open as long as the land is being pillaged," Abu Obaida told reporters.

The spokesman said the brigades had fired 1,573 rockets -- averaging 200 a day -- during the war, which began with Israel's assassination of al-Jaabari in Gaza City on Nov. 14.

Abu Obaida said the brigades fired Fajr-5 missiles, grad rockets, mortars and M75 missiles at Israeli military bases and cities including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Beer Sheba, Ashkelon and Ashdod.

He thanked the Gaza government, police and security forces for supporting the cohesion of the domestic front during the war and applauded the role of journalists who "exposed Israeli crimes."

He applauded all states and governments that supported the Palestinian resistance financially, politically and with weapons, and urged Arab and Islamic nations to exert greater efforts to liberate Palestine.

Earlier Thursday, Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal thanked Egypt for mediating the truce and praised Iran for providing Palestinians with financing and arms. "We have come out of this battle with our heads up high," he said, adding that Israel had been defeated and failed in its "adventure."

Islamic Jihad chief Ramadan Shallah also addressed the conference, claiming the war was Israel's "greatest defeat in history."

"We fought with honor, and we accept these understandings (ceasefire) with honor," he said.

But he noted Palestinian factions were on standby if Israel launched new attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Islamic Jihad's military wing the al-Quds Brigades said that while 10 of its fighters had been killed, they had fired 620 rockets at Israeli cities, and hacked more than 5,000 wireless communication devices for Israeli intelligence.

The brigades thanked civil defense teams and paramedics for their work, and praised the work of journalists in covering the conflict.
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1 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
22/11/2012 22:08
As I've said elsewhere, I deplored our gross violation of the previous ceasefire by killing al-Jaabari and the subsequent Palestinian bloodbath and pray to All_h the ceasefire holds up. Let there be no mistake about proclamation of "Victory !!!" by anyone: Whoever does so is certifiably 100% insane. There were absolutely no "victors," just massive holocaust (mostly in Gaza). All the boasting and bragging by any Palestinian faction (or us) is total crap. Everybody must move forward.

2 ) Christea / Canada
23/11/2012 01:47
Gaza won? Jeez. Hamas must have very low standards. Gaza is pretty much destroyed. I wonder what Gaza would look like if the lost! Maybe these organizations should start to build a state rather than attack civilians provoking Israel's larger force to defend itself.

3 ) "Victory" / Reality
23/11/2012 03:20
Hamas' armed wing has an odd definition of "victory", where 30 gazans died for every one Israel (17-:5), which at that ratio, if Hamas 0.5% of the Israelis, then not one single person would be alive in Gaza !!!

4 ) some one / some where
23/11/2012 08:40
you people are great character,in 67 and 73 you people scream that we will have lunch in tel-avive 6 days and what happened keep screaming that you won i can not see what you did win with 160 dead and millions of destructive action if you call this win then you think people around the world are idiot like you are

5 ) Nader / Ramallah
23/11/2012 08:47
Hamas won? 170 Palestinians killed. 5 Israelis killed. Gaza - destroyed by sophisticated missiles fired with precision from fighter jets. Israel - towns were hit with primitive rockets that did little damage. There are no winners in war, but if there was in this one, it would not be Hamas based on this information. If they want to claim a victory, they should justify it. What were their goals & how many were achieved? This criteria could support a victory claim even if the cost was high.

6 ) Hamza / Hebron
23/11/2012 08:53
I think the rockets Hamas fires are just flying pipes. They have to hit you in the head to hurt you. They only give Israel a justification to present to the world that allows them to "defend themselves" (i.e. bomb the hell out of Gaza and kill innocent civilians). Hamas is stronger than it was in 2009, but it is not a Hezbollah, so it should stop acting like it is, and the people should wake up. We are not strong enough to fight Israel militarily, so we should adopt non-violent resistance.

7 ) Jamal / Nablus
23/11/2012 08:58
Israel bombed Gaza & killed innocent civilians. Hamas bombed Israel & killed innocent civilians. We adopted the enemy's tactics that we despise. The indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel are just like the indiscriminate missiles fired into Gaza. Killing civilians is not resistance it is murder, and just because Israel does it, does not mean it is ok for us to do it. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth leaves us all blind and toothless. We lost our moral high-ground.

8 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
23/11/2012 10:01
A few more "victories" like this and there won't be any Gaza left.

9 ) Jane / PA
23/11/2012 10:30
It is only Gaza pepole who won. All other who caused directly or indirectly so many victams have lost inclusive Hamas and Natanyahu.

10 ) @ Jamal-7 & Jane-9 / USA
23/11/2012 15:58
7- the "indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel are NOT EVEN REMOTELY like the indiscriminate missiles fired into Gaza", where
- Israeli rockets are aimed at military targets (fighters, bases, etc),
with deadly accuracy to hit even small targets, moving at high-speed, but
- Hamas' rockets are aimed at "innocent civilians", and

9- NO SIDE "WON", but
- Israel lost 1 bus, 1 apartment, and 5 lives, BUT
- GAZA LOST 100s of military targets, 100s of buildings,
a 100 lives.

11 ) Outlier / USA
25/11/2012 05:22
In the sick minds of Al Qassam, maybe. In the minds of the Gazans dealing with the aftermath, maybe not.

12 ) Stop the rockets / USA
25/11/2012 18:47
@ Hamza. Have 1500 flying pipes land in Hebron and then make comment. The only reason more Israelis are not killed by them is that Israel at great cost has provided for their peoples safety from them. In Gaza the rockets are fired from residential areas putting the people at risk.
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