Sinwar warned that “in the coming period, we will carry out an advanced popular resistance, whose back will be protected by military resistance.”
Sinwar added that Hamas planned to fire 300 rockets at once, with 150 being fired towards Tel Aviv, shortly before the ceasefire came into effect, but decided not to in respect of the Egyptian and Qatari mediators. Sinwar claimed that Hamas has the ability to launch hundreds of rockets per minute, with a range of 100-200 km.
The Hamas leader stressed that the ceasefire with Israel was unconditional and that no agreement had been signed by either side.
Despite reports that Israeli strikes destroyed much of Hamas’s tunnel network (known as the “Metro”), the terrorist leader claimed that the movement has over 500 km of tunnels in Gaza and that not even 5% of the tunnels were impacted by the strikes. Sinwar added that the tunnels would be repaired within a few days.
“The occupation has failed to destroy the Hamas metro,” said Sinwar. “The occupation did not achieve anything from its plans to deter the resistance, and it failed to assess the situation due to our preparations.”
Sinwar denied reports that Israel had succeeded in tricking Gaza terrorist groups into thinking it was about to launch a ground invasion in order to drive them into tunnels, claiming that Hamas’s intelligence is “familiar with the enemy’s plans and knew that there would be no ground invasion.”
The Hamas leader stressed that al-Aqsa and Jerusalem are a “red line” and warned that operation was just a “small maneuver” compared to what will happen if Israel tries to “harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
“We are ready for the great battle if the enemy commits a great folly in Jerusalem and the holy sites,” said Sinwar. “We wanted to deliver a message to the occupation and the world that we do not make threats haphazardly, so that the world knows that al-Aqsa has men who protect it.”
Sinwar urged the residents of the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods who are facing eviction to “be steadfast,” adding that they will be backed up by the terrorist group.
Concerning reports of a prisoner exchange deal, Sinwar stated that there were discussions on the matter but that political instability in Israel prevented them from progressing.
Addressing concerns by international donors that funds for humanitarian aid were being misused by Hamas’s military wing, Sinwar claimed that Hamas and the Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades had their own fund and did not need any of the funds provided for reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. Sinwar thanked Iran for supporting Hamas with money, weapons and expertise.
Sinwar warned that Hamas will “burn everything” if the problems of Gaza are not solved.
Sinwar added that Hamas was “confident” that other terrorist groups in other countries would have joined the conflict if it had escalated any further.
A number of rockets were fired from Lebanon towards Israel during the conflict, but it is unclear who exactly fired them.