Hamas remains resilient and capable of reconstituting its military capabilities despite the military losses it has suffered so far in the war against Israel, according to two military monitors.
As a result, Israeli officials say they need to fight a “prolonged” war to achieve their objective of destroying the Palestinian armed group, US-based think tank the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP) said in their latest report.
“Hamas and PIJ [Palestinian Islamic Jihad] also conducted a combined complex ambush using standard and thermobaric rockets against Israeli forces sheltering in a home in Jabalia city,” the monitors said.
Hamas continues to do battle in the north of the Gaza Strip, using an improvised explosive device (IED) west of Beit Hanoon on December 26, and challenging Israel’s attempt to “clear and hold” Jabalia city.
Palestinian fighters are also engaged in “heavy fighting” against Israeli forces in the south of the Gaza Strip, and continued to fire mortars and rockets towards southern Israel on December 25 and 26.
Across the occupied West Bank, Palestinian fighters clashed with Israeli forces at nine locations on December 25 and four locations on December 26, according to the monitors.
Lebanese Hezbollah fighters also conducted 19 attacks over the same two days on Israel’s northern border with southern Lebanon, report said.