PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

Al-Quds Brigades show off their conquests on the web

While Hamas is number one target in Israel's current offensive, there are other groups fighting in the streets of Gaza City too. Amongst them, the al-Quds Brigades, who are posting their IDF defeats online. Read more and see the video...

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While Hamas is number one target in Israel's current offensive, there are other groups fighting in the streets of Gaza City too. Amongst them, the al-Quds Brigades, who are posting their IDF defeats online.

The militant we see in the video is a member of Saraya al-Quds, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an extremist group which aims to destroy the state of Israel in order to replace it with an Islamic, Palestinian state. We don't know if the information he gives in the video is correct.

"Our brigades have attacked an armoured vehicle which came in from the eastern town of Khan Younès [south of the Gaza Strip]. We hit the vehicle with an RPG. Here's a piece of the tank. One of our snipers, hidden in a house, also killed an Israeli soldier. We seized this LAW [bazooka] after it was abandoned by a Zionist being shot at by our militants."

"Every group is involved now. It's just chaos"

Sameh Habeeb is a blogger and journalist from eastern Gaza City.

No-one sees the militants, they're all hidden. We normal people don't see the real clashes. We have 10 to 14 resistance groups in Gaza, al-Quds being one of them; we don't know the difference. I think every group is involved now. It's just chaos."

"Even more extreme than Hamas"

Amatzia Baram is a historian who specialises in Middle Eastern conflict. He teaches at the University of Haifa, Israel.

Despite the Islamic Jihad originally being a part of Fatah, they're actually even more extreme than Hamas. One reason that they can be much more radical is because they're not responsible for the population: they're purely a military organisation. Another reason is that they're very close to Islamic Jihad in Iran. They've been following Iran for 20 years, whereas Hamas only became close to Iran in the last two years. In terms of religious positioning they're the same as Hamas, but in terms of practical politics the Islamic Jihad never had any constraints at all. In the 1980s they were already fighting Israel while Hamas was saying no. [Hamas was created in 1987, the Islamic Jihad in 1970].

Al-Quds in Gaza is not a big group; they have no political weight and are not a very effective terrorist organisation. Even the family-run organisations in the south, like Darmush, are stronger than al-Quds. Exactly what al-Quds is doing we are not sure, because right now it's impossible to tell who is firing what. But for sure they are fighting, and probably in line with Hamas. However if Hamas is defeated by Israel, then al-Quds will do as they please afterwards."