Dec 16, 2018 12:25 UTC
  • Hamas marks anniversary with parade of new missiles
    Hamas marks anniversary with parade of new missiles

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have attended a huge rally in the besieged Gaza Strip to mark the 31st anniversary of the establishment of the Hamas resistance movement.

Hamas was established in 1987 soon after the first Palestinian Intifada or uprising broke out against the Israeli occupation. The movement has been administering Gaza since 2007 when it scored a surprise parliamentary victory. 

On Saturday, Hamas marked the anniversary of its foundation with a military parade featuring the Palestinian resistance movement’s new defensive hardware.

Members of the group's military movement, the Izzddin al-Qassam Brigades, showcased various military vehicles and weapons.

The ceremony was held in the southern city of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip which is ruled by the movement.

The movement's special units staged a march-past during which truck-mounted missile defense systems were driven through the streets.