Two years following the conclusion of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas is making serious efforts to improve its image amongst the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip. To mark the second anniversary of the operation, the organization's military wing has opened a special exhibition that displays the various arms used in fighting during Protective Edge.
The highlight of the exhibition is the entrance to an authentic tunnel belonging to the armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, in the Saja'iyya neighborhood, located in eastern Gaza City and bordering Israel.
This video, by Russian Ruptly TV, shows footage of children visiting the tunnels, looking at weapons, listening to terrorists. Most of them are wearing T-shirts emblazaned with an image that portrays the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City. The message of the t-shirts, however, is a call to "free Al-Aqsa Mosque." The article continues below the video.
This is the first time that Hamas has opened a tunnel to the public as a tourist attraction, as the tunnel project is the most secret and compartmentalized one in the organization. Not only is Hamas displaying the tunnel, but the entire exhibition is free of charge.
A video shared inside Gaza, different than the video above, features dramatic music and shows a group of children entering the tunnel for a tour. It features posters of senior members of the armed wing. The tunnel is not particularly deep, and it appears to be used for transporting forces inside of the Strip and for ambushes of IDF soldiers.
The underground passage is outfitted with electricity, lights and rooms. Children in the video are photographed throughout its length.
The weapons display portion of the exhibition, outside and above ground, allegedly includes those used by a Hamas cell that entered Israel near Kibbutz Nir Am, killing four soldiers.
This article was originally published by YNet News at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4830928,00.html
The embedded video was published on YouTube by the Ruptly TV channel, a Russian news service.