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The Al-Qassam Brigades - the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) - said that its fighters are waging fierce battles from zero range and clashes behind the lines, forces and vehicles of the occupation in the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City.

The military and strategic expert, Major General Fayez Al-Duwairi, says that the Israeli occupation army will not be able to eliminate the Zaytoun Brigade - which is considered one of the Qassam strike brigades - and will not be able to control and stabilize, and will be forced to withdraw to escape a losing battle.

Al-Duwairi adds - during his analysis for Al Jazeera - that the ferocity of the battles in Al-Zaytoun confirms that the resistance is managing the defensive battle effectively, based on the worst-case scenario, despite the overwhelming military strength of the occupation.

He points out that the Zaytoun neighborhood has been in a state of direct clashes with the occupation forces since the first day of the ground battle, especially the southern sector, because it is in direct contact with the Gaza Valley, home to the occupation forces and vehicles. He pointed out that the nature of the land helps the resistance to fight battles behind enemy lines and gives it an opportunity to attack subsequent waves. From the occupation forces.

The strategic expert explains that the Battle of Olive is the third of its kind after the northern Gaza Strip entered the third phase of the war, as the first attack was on the neighborhoods of Al-Tuffah, Al-Daraj, and Jabalia Camp, then the other attack was on the neighborhoods of Sheikh Ajlin, Tal Al-Hawa, Al-Rimal Al-Janubi, and Al-Nasr Street.

These operations confirm - according to Al-Duwairi - that the occupation’s claims of dismantling the Qassam Brigades and their organizational frameworks in the region are not true, and the ferocity of the intense battles of Olive shows that the combat resistance structure in the northern sector was not destroyed, and the Qassam Brigades were rebuilt and work in partnership with the rest of the factions, specifically the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing. Islamic Jihad Movement.

He points out that if the degree of damage inflicted on the resistance factions in the current war had been as severe as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims, these brigades would have collapsed, but this did not happen, citing statements by former generals in the occupation army.

Ashkelon bombing

Regarding the implications of the Al-Quds Brigades’ bombardment of Ashkelon and the settlements surrounding the Gaza Strip with rocket salvoes, Al-Duwairi says that the resistance, through implementation tools, is still effective by firing rockets, and it is also sending a message to the settlers, some of whom are thinking of returning again to the region to review themselves.

On the other hand, no missiles were fired at central Israel since the start of the talk about Paris’s approach to calm and the exchange of prisoners because it would have been used negatively against the resistance that it was not serious about the negotiations and their success, according to Al-Duwairi.

It is noteworthy that Israeli media reported that a person was injured in Ashkelon as a result of rockets falling from Gaza that caused a fire and the burning of a car, noting that alarms were activated in Ashkelon after a calm that lasted 10 days.

Source: Al Jazeera