Thousands rally in Gaza for anniversary of Hamas founding

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GAZA CITY, 14th December 2016

Masked Palestinian terrorists from the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, a military wing of Hamas, commemorate the 29th anniversary of their group, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Terror group parades through city in show of force amid fiery speeches and children carrying imitation assault rifles

Tens of thousands of Palestinians, including hundreds of gunmen and children waving mock weapons, rallied in Gaza on Wednesday in support of the terrorist Islamic group Hamas that rules the territory on the 29th anniversary of its founding.

In a show of force for Hamas, loudspeakers blasted the group’s slogans through the streets as rockets mounted on pickup trucks rolled by. Hundreds of masked militants marched and dozens of children wielding imitation assault rifles attended with their families.

Hamas official Khalil Haya, delivered a fiery speech at the rally full of rhetoric against Israel. He also called for reconciliation with the Fatah party, led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas — but only under Hamas’ terms.

Hamas overtook Gaza in 2007 after routing troops loyal to Abbas in bloody street battles. Palestinians have since been divided between Gaza under Hamas and Abbas governing parts of the West Bank.

A masked Palestinian boy wears a uniform and holds a toy weapon during a rally to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the founding of Hamas, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on Gaza after Hamas took over Gaza. Israel says the blockade is necessary to prevent Hamas from getting weapons while critics say it amounts to collective punishment

A masked Palestinian boy wears a uniform and holds a toy weapon during a rally to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the founding of Hamas, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

A masked Palestinian boy wears a uniform and holds a toy weapon during a rally to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the founding of Hamas, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Hamas has fought three wars three wars with Israel since it took over Gaza, including a 50-day clash in 2014.

The terrorist group is struggling to pay salaries to its members because of the blockade.

To offset the fiscal shortage, the Hamas government imposed more taxes on the exhausted Palestinian population in Gaza and is paying reduced salaries for the employees.

Al-Hayya, the Hamas official, stressed that Gazans should enjoy freedom of movement, job opportunities, access to clean water and constant electricity, but he offered no plans to materialize these needs.

 

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