Hamas celebrates 28th anniversary in Gaza Strip

Thousands take to streets in celebration of Hamas’s 28th anniversary; Hamas to “remain faithful to the liberation of Palestine and to keep its weapon directed at the Israeli occupation only”

Hamas’s al-Qassam Brigades (Reuters)

Hamas’s al-Qassam Brigades (Reuters)

Thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip took to the streets in marches and demonstrations celebrating Hamas’s 28th anniversary Monday.

Gazans carried banners and Palestinian flags, calling for the destruction of the State of Israel as well as support for the “Jerusalem Intifada”, referring to the recent wave of terror attacks.

A statement released by the terrorist organization claims Hamas “vows to remain faithful to the liberation of Palestine and to keep its weapon directed at the Israeli occupation only,’ senior Hamas head Mahmoud al-Zahar stating that Hamas will not enter negotiations or cooperate with Israel until the Jewish state releases more incarcerated Palestinians from the Gilad Shalit agreement.

Several prisoners released during peace negotiations in exchange for Gilad Shalit have been incarcerated again, several of which were involved with the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the summer of 2014. Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Frankel were kidnapped and killed in June, sparking last summer’s 50-day conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Operation Protective Edge.