The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas looked to project an image of strength in Gaza on Thursday, organizing one of its largest ever military parades to mark the first anniversary of an eight-day conflict with Israel.
Hamas emerged from the conflagration with a renewed sense of confidence, but its fortunes have gone sharply into reverse since the toppling of its main ally, Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, by the military in July.
Since his removal, the Egyptian army has destroyed hundreds of smuggling tunnels into Gaza, causing drastic fuel shortages for the 1.8 million Palestinians living in the cramped enclave.
Looking to show it remained in full control, several thousand well-equipped fighters from Hamas’s Qassam Brigades military wing paraded through the Gaza Strip, showing off their home-grown M75 missile and multiple-rocket launchers. […]