Hamas Military Wing 'Izz Al-Din Qassam Brigades Reveals Missiles, Drones Used In 'Sword Of Jerusalem Battle' With Israel

May 26, 2021

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On May 25, 2021, the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, published several posters on its Telegram channel,[1] depicting various weapons that have officially "entered the service"[2] during the recent "Sayf Al-Quds [Sword of Jerusalem] Battle" against Israel. The posters featured missiles and "domestically-manufactured" drones designed for surveillance and "suicide" operations, used by the group on Israeli targets.

Although these posters did not explicitly mention Iran's involvement in manufacturing these weapons, a May 26, 2021 report published by the website of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television channel confirmed that Iran provided Hamas with military assistance, which included help in the development of missiles and booby-trapped drones. The report also maintained that Iran transferred funds to Hamas and trained its military commanders in Iran.[3]

Below are the posters with descriptions of each weapon:

Image of the "Qassam-SH85" missile, named after "martyr" Muhammad Abu Shimalah. The range of the missile is 85 kilometers (53 miles) and it has "high destructive capability."

Image of "domestically-manufactured Shihab suicide drones."[4]According to the text of the poster, these drones carried out several missions, including targeting the Israeli chemical plant in the settlement of Nir Oz and the gas platform[5] off the coast of Gaza.

Image of the "domestically-manufactured Al-Zawari surveillance drones," named after Tunisian national and drone expert Muhammad Al-Zawari who was killed in Tunisia in 2016. The drones carried out reconnaissance and surveillance missions over Israeli settlements and positions.

Image of the "Ayyash 250k missile," named after 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades bomb-maker Yahya Ayyash, killed in 1996. According to the poster, the missile has a range of "over 250 kilometers" (155 miles) and has the "largest destructive capability."

Image of the "A120 missile," named after slain commander Ra'id Al-'Attar. According to the poster, the missile's range is 120 kilometers (74 miles) and it has "high destructive capability."

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