Palestinians chant slogans and carry the bodies of Hamas militants in Maghazi Refugee Camp, central Gaza Strip, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. According to local villagers, the militants were killed during an early morning Israeli airstrike. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Brigades firing on Israel show off deadly new discipline
Qassam » Hamas militants are woven into general population.
By JODI RUDOREN
| The New York Times
First Published Nov 18 2012 07:29 pm • Last Updated Nov 18 2012 08:23 pm
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Highly organized and increasingly professional, Qassam is emblematic of Hamas’ struggle to balance its history as a resistance movement and its governing role in Gaza since 2007.
Israel has blamed the growing number of civilian casualties in Gaza on the fact that Qassam and Hamas are inextricable, and military storehouses are woven into residential neighborhoods. Most Qassam fighters have day jobs — as police officers, university professors or ministry clerks.
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