“We will burn the cities in [the country’s] center and launch missiles at Tel Aviv and Gush Dan if Israel acts on its threats, those of which surpasses the enemy’s imagination,” Hamas warned. “The return of assassinations means the return of the explosive operations inside [Israeli] cities.”
It said that targeting its leadership, especially its leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar, would prompt an “unprecedented response” and a “regional earthquake.”
Last year’s 11-day conflict with Hamas in May, in which more than 4,300 rockets were launched from Gaza into Israeli population centers, “will be but an ordinary event compared to what the enemy will witness,” a Hamas spokesperson warned.
A senior Israeli security official described Hamas’ threats as “hysterical”: “Their response in the last few hours only reminds us all of who begged for a ceasefire,” during the war in May, he said.