Palestinian terrorist groups on Monday used the former Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim, which was evacuated by Israel in 2005, to test new explosives and rockets for use against the Jewish state, senior members of Hamas' so-called military wing told WorldNetDaily.
The Hamas members said they set up an explosives testing zone in Gush Katif, Gaza's former slate of Jewish communities evacuated by Israel 17 months ago.
They said among the explosives Hamas tested Monday in Neve Dekalim were what they called new "Yassin" rockets, which they said were improved versions of Russian-made rocket propelled grenades.
The Hamas members said the rocket was named after late Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin, who was assassinated by Israel in 2004.
Hamas would not describe the specifics of the purported new rocket, but a Hamas member said his group was preparing for a "rocket war" against Israel.
The use of Neve Dekalim as an explosives training zone is the latest in a string of WND exclusive reports of Gaza's former Jewish communities being utilized for terror.
Abu Abdullah, considered one of the most important operational members of Hamas' Izzedine al-Qassam Martyrs Brigades, Hamas' declared "resistance" department, said in an interview Hamas turned lands in Eli Sinai and Dagit are being used for "physical shape exercises; use of weapons training; practice lands for ambushes of Israeli forces; courses for the reading of maps and (production and use of) explosives and many other trainings; military techniques, fighting in open fields and in built and populated areas; and rockets shooting."
Abu Abdullah called the utilization by Hamas of the former Jewish towns for anti-Israel activity "proof that the resistance works."
Reprinted with permission of WorldNetDaily