(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Hamas on Sunday threatened to abduct Israeli soldiers, showcasing two "prison cells" built especially for future Israeli captives.
The Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, held a rally in Rafah on Sunday, honoring three senior operatives, Muhammad Abu Shamalah, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum, killed during Operation Protective Edge waged in the summer of 2014.
Hundreds of armed Hamas terrorists participated in the rally, where weapons and rockets were put on display, as were the jail cells. Both "cells" included Hebrew writing indicating they were intended "for enemy prisoners."
"The siege will not prevent our brigades from developing their abilities," Hamas military wing spokesman Abu Obeida remarked, referring to a blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel. "It [the siege] will not help the current calm continue. Whoever awakens our wrath will unleash a volcano."
The brigades and the resistance, he said, are prepared to protect the Palestinian people.
Abu Obeida criticized Israel's treatment of Palestinian prisoners and promised Hamas-held Israeli prisoners will be treated in the same manner. "We will continue our struggle until we are victorious," he declared.
He reiterated the brigade's solidarity with "soldiers of the resistance," families of terrorists, Jerusalem, and Al-Aqsa mosque.