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Hamas shifts public relations strategy

It seems that Hamas' military wing is now handling the movement's recruitment efforts among Gaza's youth, replacing the previous management by Hamas' political wing.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — It is now obvious that since the end of the recent war in the Gaza Strip, Hamas' military wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, has been carrying out popular action and field activities instead of Hamas’ political wing, which had handled direct communication with the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip over the years. Hamas’ military wing took it upon itself to organize military training camps for boys and young men dubbed the “vanguards of liberation camps” during the students’ midterm break in January and during their summer vacation in August.

Almost daily in most regions in the Gaza Strip, al-Qassam Brigades militants perform military parades at various times over the day and the night. Masked militants hold light weapons and some of them even hold miniature versions and even samples of missiles and aircraft that al-Qassam Brigades claim to have developed and manufactured locally and used in their confrontation with Israel.

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