TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Hamas and other Gaza-based Palestinian resistance groups said they are getting themselves ready for a potential Israeli war on the coastal enclave in coming days.
Hamas Chief in Gaza Yahya Sinwar, alongside members of the Hamas leadership and resistance factions reportedly believe the likelihood of war breaking out in the Gaza Strip in the coming days to be at ’95 percent’, according to a report published by the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper on Sunday.
The report quoted sources close to the Gazan leadership, principally Yahya Sinwar, as saying that the highest level of security alert has been declared and an evacuation of Hamas headquarters in Gaza has been initiated.
Security checkpoints have been set-up throughout the Gaza Strip over the last few days alongside a heightened police presence, according to the report.
Measures taken within the Gaza Strip come as Israeli forces amass near the border ahead of military maneuvers and exercises in the coming days to involve air, sea, and infantry forces reportedly in the presence of American troops.
Israel has increased attacks on Gaza in recent days and on Friday, Israeli forces launched targeted airstrikes in Gaza which destroyed an observation post reportedly run by the Palestinian resistance movements.
Tensions have been running high across the occupied Palestinian territories since US President Donald Trump announced his decision on December 6 to recognize Quds (Jerusalem) as Israel’s capital and plans to move Washington’s embassy to the city.
Washington’s dramatic U-turn on Quds drew global condemnations, prompting the UN General Assembly to overwhelmingly approve a resolution against Trump’s declaration.
The city, which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state, has been designated as “occupied” under international law since the 1967 Arab War.