Hamas: We're developing new missiles|
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST
Mar. 29, 2008
"It is no secret that Hamas is enhancing its military capabilities, including
the development of new missiles. This is our right. We do not deny it and have
no concerns," Abu Odediya, spokesman for Hamas's armed wing, was quoted as
Speaking to Asharq al-Awsat, Abu Odediya denied Iran was involved in
the development of the group's missiles. "Any development is being carried out
in the Gaza Strip. We do not belong to any foreign body," he said.
The spokesman told the London-based newspaper that Israeli accusations that
Iran was assisting Hamas weapons enhancement were made in order to garner
international support for a future IDF attack on Gaza.
"It is likely that Israel is planning an assault on Gaza after the Arab
summit in Damascus," he said, adding that Israel's intentions were proven by the
fact that Israeli spy planes were continuing to fly over Gaza.
Odediya refused to divulge details about the new missiles he claimed were
being developed. "Our message will soon be emitted and Israel will know where
the rockets can reach. Our fight is open-ended and at any stage we can introduce
Nevertheless, top Islamic Jihad official Khalid Batash denied new missiles
were being developed. "Reports of the development of new missiles are aimed at
instilling fear in order to give the stamp of approval to a new [Israeli]
assault on the Palestinian people," Batash told the London-based Al Quds
Original article: Jerusalem Post
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