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A lethal threat, threaded into society
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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