Despite a growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Hamas carried out a two-day, large-scale military drill in Gaza earlier this week featuring 30,000 terrorist operatives, according to a Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center report.
Operatives from across Hamas’ military wing – including air, land, and sea units – participated in the military exercises, demonstrating the terrorist organization’s efforts to improve interoperability among its various components.
Fighters practiced attacking armored vehicles depicting IDF tanks, while test firing missiles into the Mediterranean Sea. Hamas also deployed drones with “Ababil” markings – one of Iran’s signature unmanned aerial vehicles.
Iran is actively enhancing its terrorist proxies’ capabilities, including drone arsenals for groups like Hizballah and Hamas to improve their offensive operations.
Terrorists also practiced emerging from underground tunnels and kidnapping Israeli soldiers.
The drill took place days before Land Day, in anticipation of more Palestinian demonstrations across Israel. The military maneuvers are intended to send signals to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority: that Hamas remains in control of Gaza and has the capacity to inflict considerable casualties against the Jewish state.