Palestinian young boys take part in military-inspired exercises during a summer camp organized by the Islamist movement Hamas in file photo. (Photo: SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)
Hamas Summer Camps Aims to Train 25,000 in Weapons, Fighting
Hamas opened it summer camp in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, where the terrorist group plans to provide two-weeks of military training to some 25,000 Palestinians between the ages of 15 and 60. Hamas officials, in a statement, said, “The goal of these military training camps is to train the vanguard for liberation: spiritually, intellectually and physically, to be ready and able to play its role in liberation.” Live-fire training exercises are part of the program according to the statement. The summer camps follow similar winter camps that were run this year for the first time which included naval commando training and sniper practice using targets bearing photos of Israeli leaders. The earlier camps elicited strong criticism from international human rights groups who were alarmed by the mass militarization of Gaza’s youth. July 25, 2015 2:21 P.M. (Updated: July 25, 2015 9:15 P.M.) http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=766643 Saturday, aimed at providing basic combat training for 25,000 Palestinians in the embattled coastal enclave. contacts with Israel to try to reach a long-term truce, but a year after last summer's devastating 50-day war the militant movement has kept up the fighting talk. liberation -- spiritually, intellectually and physically -- to be ready and able to play its role in liberation," said a statement by the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing. in military techniques and in firing live ammunition" as well as "first aid and rescue techniques." public and media sight. July-August 2014, the third in Gaza in six years. Gaza but over the winter the al-Qassam brigades launched a new kind of camp, giving military training to 15 to 20-year-olds. society and a violation of children's rights. summer camp, while raising the upper age limit to 60. has gained criticism in the past. of Inquiry, which criticized Palestinian factions of "indiscriminate" firing of thousands of rockets and mortar rounds at Israel, which it said appeared to be have been intended to "spread terror" among Israeli civilians. International Criminal Court. enter into what it has termed a "legal battle" with Israel, which is also facing charges of war crimes from the international body. war, while 73, mostly soldiers, were killed on the Israeli side. or severely destroyed during the conflict, and more than 100,000 Gazans still homeless. group rejected the report, arguing for the right of Palestinians to defend themselves against both the ongoing Israeli occupation and Israeli military offenses. do not in any way apply to the Palestinian resistance, which was, is, and will defend its people," Hamas responded to the report offensive last summer and was "not afraid" of confronting the occupation again. blockade since 2007. Israel to lift the blockade to ease the current humanitarian crisis, warning that its continuation will promote further unrest in the strip.
Photo: Palestinian young boys take part in military-inspired exercises during a summer camp organized by the Islamist movement Hamas in file photo. (SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)
Hamas armed wing gives 25,000 Gazans combat training GAZA CITY (AFP) -- The military wing of Hamas opened its Gaza summer camp on Hamas, the de facto power in Gaza, is reportedly engaged in indirect "The goal of these military training camps is to train the vanguard for It said that participants, aged 15-60, would spend two weeks being "trained As with all the brigades' activities the camps will be conducted out of Rescue squads dealt with thousands of local victims during the war of Hamas has long run summer camps devoted to sport and study of the Koran in Human rights activists condemned it as a forced militarization of Gazan Brushing off the criticism, the brigades are repeating the exercise with the The group's steadfast approach to resisting the ongoing Israeli occupation The conduct of Hamas during last summers' war was probed by a UN Commission Hamas welcomed the report and has pledged to cooperate with the The group views the potential court hearings as a venue to seek justice and Over 2,200 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed during last summer's Large swathes of the Gaza Strip remain in ruin, with 18,000 homes completely Amnesty International in April also accused Hamas of war crimes, but the "War crimes have clear specifications, according to the Rome Statute, that Al-Qassam Brigades said in March that it had recovered from Israel's The Gaza Strip has remained under a tightly-controlled land, sea, and air Rights groups and the international community have repeatedly called for Ma'an staff contributed to this report. http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=67931