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Hamas Marks Year Since Israeli Operation in Gaza

Hamas minister calls on Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank and Israel to unite in a holy war to 'uproot the Jews' from Israel.

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Thousands of Hamas security forces on Tuesday staged a military parade in the Gaza Strip to mark the anniversary of the eight-day conflict with Israel last year known as Operation Pillar of Defense.

The hostilities began when Israel assassinated Hamas' military commander, Ahmad Jabari, in a November 2012 airstrike. Over the next week, Israel carried out hundreds of airstrikes, while Hamas and other militant groups fired hundreds of rockets into Israel.

Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad called Wednesday on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and Israel to unite in a holy war to "uproot the Jews" from Israel. He said: "A third intifada is approaching." That's an Arabic term for past Palestinian uprisings against Israel.

Police sirens wailed across the city. Military vehicles carried posters of Jabari and other Hamas leaders killed by Israel.

Hamas hold national flags as they march in Gaza City to mark one year since Pillar of Defense, Nov. 13, 2013.Credit: Reuters

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