Israeli Colonel: Hamas restoring military capability

PNN/Bethlehem/

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) representative in Gaza, Colonel Nuhi Mendel, said today that Hamas is still continuing work daily to restore its underground tunnels.

He added in a press conference with Hebrew media outlets that since the end of the operation “Protective Edge”, Hamas has been restoring its underground tunnels and improving the tunnels’ military capability.

Most of the tunnels were destroyed or damaged during the 2014 Israeli aggressions in Gaza.

Hebrew sources said that Colonel Mendel had stressed in a radio interview that the Qassam Brigades (a military wing of Hamas) were currently focussing on restoring their military power, including explosives and rocket launchers.

He also claimed that Israel had prevented several attempts to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip.