Friday, January 2, 2009

Hamas resilient despite Israeli onslaught

A Palestinian man places a green Islamic flag used by the militant group Hamas on the rubble of a destroyed mosque after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008. Israel rejected mounting international pressure to suspend its devastating offensive against Palestinian militants, sending warplanes Wednesday to demolish smuggling tunnels that are the lifeline of Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers. Troops and tanks massed along the Gaza border, suggesting a ground invasion was imminent. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

"Our spirits are high, because Israel has failed to reach its target," said Hamas legislator Mushir al-Masri. "They conducted powerful strikes in the first few days, but in reality Hamas is stronger, we rose from the rubble and hit places we've never hit before."

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