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Qassam brigades says hit Israeli F-16 over Gaza

The Jewish military state assumed it has military superiority, and in some ways it does. The American taxpayers have generously -but not voluntarily- donated wonderful high-tech equipment to the military state in the form of F16 and F22 fighter gets the utterly ineffective ‘iron dome’ and all sorts of missile and things that kill Palestinians. But it is has shown that its conscript army of pimply teens are totally unprepared for armed and trained men. They are used to shooting unarmed boys who have only stones, while they are in riot control or combat gear. And the military state is in a state of shock and horror at the preparedness, the organizational operational upgrade of Palestinian resistance in Gaza.It faces certain defeat such as it suffered from the hands of Hezbollah – twice. I was wondering when the SAMs would be used. The death and destruction wrought by those American-donated fighter jets has been horrific by any scale. But it was only a matter of time before the heroic defenders of Gaza would unleash the counter-measures it had been holding in reserve. Someone has studied Sun Tzu, and it isn’t the staff of the Jewish military state.

22 July, 2014 Anadolu Agency
Qassam Brigades hit an Israeli F-16 warplane as it was preparing to strike a target in Gaza Strip

The Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas, said early Wednesday that its fighters have managed to hit an Israeli F-16 warplane over the Gaza Strip.

“Our air defense unit managed at 19:40 local time [16:40 GMT] to target and hit an [Israeli] F-16 with a surface-to-air missile over Deir al-Balah city in central Gaza, as the plane was preparing to strike a target,” the brigades said in a brief statement.

The statement gave no further details, and the Israeli army is yet to comment.

Meanwhile, an Israeli policeman was injured on Tuesday during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the occupied East Jerusalem, the Israeli police said.

According to the police, the injured policeman was hit by a stone and was moved to hospital with slight wounds.

Clashes were reported in several areas across the holy city, including Shuafat, Isawiya, and Jabal Mukabbir districts, the police said.

The Palestinian protesters hurled stones, Molotov cocktails and fireworks at the police troops, leaving a police vehicle damaged, the police added.

The brigades in earlier statements had announced that it shot down three Israeli drones in separate incidents over Gaza since the Israeli army commenced a wide-scale military operation against the Palestinian enclave earlier this month.

Since July 7, Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip with fierce aerial bombardments with the ostensible aim of halting rocket fire.

At least 635 Palestinians have been killed – mostly civilians – and more than 4000 others injured in Israel’s ongoing offensive, now in its third week.

According to official Israeli figures, 28 Israeli soldiers and two civilians have been killed since the hostilities began.

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