Hamas' 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades Military Spokesman Abu 'Ubaydah: We Will Bomb Tel Aviv Again If Israel Does Not Immediately Stop Bombing Civilians' Homes

May 17, 2021

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On May 17, 2021, the Gaza-based Hamas military wing 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades published a report on its website[1] warning Israel that it will bomb Tel Aviv again if Israel did not stop bombing civilians' homes. The threat comes after the jihadi group claimed that its fighters had for the first time used locally made suicide drones called "Shahab" to attack "a gas platform" off the coast of northern Gaza on May 12.[2]

According to the report, Al-Qassam Brigades' Military Spokesman Abu 'Ubaydah said in an interview with Hamas's Al-Aqsa TV: "The criminal Zionist enemy has recently intensified its bombing of civilians' houses and apartments. Accordingly, we warn the enemy that if it does not immediately stop bombing safe houses, we will bomb Tel Aviv again and place it within the range of our missiles. Forewarned is forearmed. And Allah is predominant over His affair, but most of the people do not know [Quran 12:21]."

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