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Hamas military wing 'prepared for ground invasion'

Nov. 17, 2012 4:35 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 18, 2012 11:17 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas' military wing said Saturday that it is prepared to confront a potential Israeli ground invasion in the Gaza Strip, Hamas affiliated websites said.

The Al-Qassam Brigades are prepared to begin operating the moment Israeli forces enter Gaza, the websites said, adding that the group is ready for fighting on the ground.

The Al-Murabiteen units are the major divisions to face any Israeli offensive, with the group consisting of five brigades across Gaza divided into sub-groups and further sub-divisions.

These units will be responsible for defending the border areas and preventing Israeli forces from further penetrating the Gaza Strip.

The Istishadiyeen, or suicide bombers, are responsible for recruiting both male and female volunteers and preparing them for operations, the sites said.

Special units will be responsible for operations involving underground tunnels and using advanced weaponry against Israeli forces.

Israel launched deadly airstrikes, pounding the Gaza Strip for four days, since forces assassinated a senior Hamas military commander in Gaza.

Israel's cabinet authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists late on Friday, preparing the ground for a possible Gaza invasion.
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