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Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:50PM
File photo shows Hamas militants toting their guns.

File photo shows Hamas militants toting their guns.

Speaker of Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) Ali Larijani has extolled the missile power of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, saying it can easily overwhelm Israel’s Iron Dome missile shield. “What has happened in this war [on Gaza] seems incredible to the leaders of the Zionist regime because the Palestinian people have high spirit, and are firm in their resistance. The Palestinians’ missile power has given them a strategic [source] of power,” Larijani said on Tuesday. “They are all children of the [late founder of the Islamic Republic] Great Imam Khomeini...and the Zionist regime should understand that the power of combat as well as arms and defense equipment are just the tip of the iceberg of the capacities possessed by the great nation of Iran,” he added. “Having waged this war, the Zionist regime is pursuing several objectives, [including] to get out of isolation and continue a minimal life, boost its regional prestige, and deal a blow to Hamas if it could,” Larijani stated. Israeli Channel 10 said on Saturday that the Zionist regime’s Iron Dome has so far been able to intercept only about 300 out of over 900 missiles fired from the Gaza Strip into the occupied lands. The Israeli military is now planning to deploy more Iron Dome systems to intercept Palestinian missiles and rockets. Israeli airstrikes and shelling on the Gaza Strip, which started on November 14, have left at least 131 Palestinians dead and over 1,000 injured. Some of the injured are in critical condition. KA/SS
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