Hamas supporters attend a massive rally in Gaza.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Hamas on Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the targeted killing of its founder, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, by issuing new threats against Israel and calling for an end to the peace talks between Israel and the PLO .
Thousands of Hamas supporters attended a major rally in Gaza City that was held under the motto, “Loyalty and Persistence on the Path of the Martyrs.”
An Israeli helicopter gunship killed Yassin, the spiritual leader of Hamas, in the city in 2004.
The rally was one of the biggest held by Hamas in the past year. Hamas leaders said that the large turnout showed that their movement continues to enjoy mass support despite its increased isolation.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh told the crowd that his movement was not afraid of Israeli threats to attack the Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks against Israel.
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