A senior Islamic Hamas leader threatened Saturday that if Israel targets any Hamas ministers, Israeli ministers would be targeted. ( dpa )
Reacting to Israeli threats to target Hamas leaders in Gaza, Mushi al-Masri said in a statement, "Any Israeli stupidity of targeting Hamas leaders or ministers, Hamas will likewise take action."
Following an increase in armed attacks carried out by militants from Gaza against Israel, Israeli officials had said that if attacks against Israel continue, Hamas' senior leaders would be targeted.
"Vis-a-vis the Israeli threats to target ministers, Prime Minister Ismail Haniya or any other leader, al-Qassam Brigades would treat the Israelis on the principle of head for head and minister for minister," al-Masri said.
The Hamas movement, which is listed by Europe and the US as a terrorist organization, took control of the Gaza Strip in mid-June and routed President Mahmoud Abbas' security forces.
Israel in return considered the Gaza Strip a hostile entity after imposing a strict blockade on the enclave and closed down all crossing points leading to Israel and Egypt.