The Palestinian movement Hamas has insisted that it has 35,000 armed supporters in the Gaza Strip, the Al Hadath TV channel has reported.
“We have 35,000 [armed] supporters amassed in Gaza and we are ready [for further resistance],” the TV channel quoted a spokesman for the Palestinian organization as saying.
The latest escalation between Hamas and Israel began early on October 7, when the Palestinian fighters launched a surprise attack on multiple locations along the Gaza border in response to Israel’s repeated aggression against Palestinians and desecration of the al-Aqsa Mosque.
Israeli officials estimate that more than 1,400 people have been killed in the Hamas assault and over 5,000 have been wounded.
Israeli massive air strikes on the densely-populated Gaza Strip, has so far killed almost 5,800 people.