'Resistance!' cry crowds at Hamas victory rally

Gaza City - Hundreds of Palestinians poured onto the streets of Gaza City on Thursday to attend a Hamas victory rally, chanting support for resistance against Israel, an AFP reporter said.

Loudspeakers mounted by the roadside blared out Hamas victory songs as the crowd - most of them men but with some children dressed in combat fatigues and carrying toy guns - gathered in the square outside the parliament building.

A huge Palestinian flag hung behind a podium where speakers whipped up the crowd with chants of victory on the eve of the scheduled expiry of a 72-hour truce with Israel.

"We have won the military battle and with the permission of God we'll win the political battle," Hamas MP Mushir al-Masri told the crowd.

"Resistance, resistance, resistance!" chanted the demonstrators.

'Dignity or death'

Four weeks of fighting between the armed Islamist faction and Israel killed 67 people on the Israeli side, including 64 soldiers, and more than 1 880 Palestinians, of whom the UN says more than 1 300 were civilians.

One of the few women at the rally told AFP her home had been destroyed in the Israeli bombardment.

"I have come here today to tell the whole world we are with the resistance. We have only two options: dignity or death, so we chose dignity," she said, refusing to give her name and wearing a headscarf and a long dress.

Diplomatic efforts entered a final countdown in Cairo on Thursday as Egyptian mediators rushed to broker an extension to the ceasefire which is due to expire at 05:00 GMT on Friday, shuttling between Israeli and Palestinian teams.

An Israeli official has said Israel would be prepared to prolong the ceasefire "unconditionally", but Hamas has denied that any agreement to extend the calm exists. 

Akhenaten 2014-08-07 04:28:17 PM
Cameron Roy Hart 2014-08-07 04:28:24 PM
Train em from a young age these people do...
Tauriq Hercules 2014-08-07 04:29:51 PM
Well Done! You have resisted being taken over by israel who dreams of having the land you pray on!
Don Frost 2014-08-07 04:33:50 PM
Don't cry when you get your ass whipped again Hamas!
Arthur Harding 2014-08-07 04:37:23 PM
Are they just STUPID or taunting Israel cause as far as I know they got their butts kicked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
BrettD 2014-08-07 04:39:04 PM
How in earth is this a victory. Gosh these people (all of them on both sides) are idiots! A single child's death is a loss for both sides
Henno 2014-08-07 04:41:17 PM
I am in two minds about this. If they accept the ceasefire they are worse off than they were before. If they don't, many more innocent Palestinian people will suffer. There has to be a 3rd option where the Palestinian people get back their land, then I will say, sure Hamas, stop lobbing the rockets over the fence.
Bradly Minnaar 2014-08-07 04:42:22 PM
Well at least +-580 hamas dead.
Hola Peeps 2014-08-07 04:56:59 PM
It is definitely a victory. More people are realizing the Israeli ways against Palestinian civilians. Freedom will come. Stand strong!!! I'm not Muslim. Back in the day I used to think that the Israelis were right,Then I educated myself and found that Hamas or any other Palestinian civilian has not attacked any other country but Israel and they do this for the right to dignity.
Azana Booi 2014-08-07 04:57:09 PM
Dignity or Death...allah or death.