Hamas is ready for a new confrontation with Israel thanks in part to the reconstruction of tunnels to fight the Jewish state, the Islamist Palestinian movement’s Gaza chief said on Friday.

Ismail Haniya said the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades — Hamas’s military wing — were preparing “for any future clashes with the Zionist (Israeli) enemy”.

“East of Gaza City, underground heroes build tunnels” along the border with Israel, while west of the city they are “testing rockets every day,” said Haniya. […]