BEIRUT: Hamas representative in Lebanon Ali Barakeh said the Qassam Brigades had yet to use 90 percent of their force and that a surprise was underway, during popular protests in Sidon Monday night calling for solidarity with Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Netanyahu thought that Gaza was weak and that the siege would lead us to surrender when waging the battle, [but he] fell in the trap” Barakeh said.
Popular marches rallied from mosques in the city of Sidon to a sit-in held at the southern city’s Martyrs' Square.
The Hamas representative said that “the Palestinian resistance is in its strongest form,” arguing that “since the start of the Israeli ground operation, the Qassam Brigades were successful in killing 30 Israeli officers and soldiers, wounding 150 and detaining one Israeli soldier.”
Barakeh added that Netanyahu was drawn into this battle from two sides, one team from his own government that pressured him into this war and “another team unfortunately from our skin, who designed this battle and told him that Hamas is very weak today.”
Hamas called on Sidon and the Palestinian refugee camps to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people and the resistance in the Gaza Strip.
The protestors lifted Palestinian and Hamas flags and cut-outs of Qassam Brigades rockets.
They chanted slogans and saluted the persistence of the Palestinian resistance, condemning the Israeli massacres of civilians and children as well as the Arab and international silence about it.
A giant screen was erected in the square, directly broadcasting a message from the Gaza MP Mushir al-Masri.
Masri saluted the people of Sidon and stressed the choice of the resistance in standing against the Israeli enemy.