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Hamas Says They Still Control Gaza, But BBC Has Doubts

January 21, 2009

Standing on a newly formed hillside of rubble in the destroyed Jabaliya refugee camp, five young men all claim to be resistance fighters.

“All of Gaza are mujahideen,” they said.


But when asked which of them had actually fired a gun in the three week-long battle with Israel, none gave a convincing answer.

And as armed Hamas policemen return to Gaza’s street-corners and traffic-lights, many in Gaza are wondering where they were when it came to fighting the Israeli Army.

Hamas still has enough power and influence here that few will criticise the Islamist movement openly.

But when Hamas called for a rally to celebrate what it has been calling a historic victory over the Israelis, the citizens of Gaza voted with their feet – they stayed at home.

In the past Hamas could easily call tens of thousands into the streets, but this time only party stalwarts could look around the devastation and believe this could be victory.

“I think the resistance is strong,” said Beithar Ajar, 26, who described himself as a Hamas legal adviser.

“I think the Israeli army is very weak. Very weak.”

Sober appraisal

A truck with loudspeakers made a turn around Palestine Square in central Gaza city, playing Hamas battle songs.

A barker standing on the back shouted insults to Israel’s government on a microphone.

But relatively few green flags unfurled in the crowd.

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Russia delivers Sukhoi fighters to Indonesia

December 27, 2008
Russia’s Sukhoi aircraft company has delivered two Su-30MK2 multipurpose fighters to Indonesia, local media reported Friday.

“The first two of six aircraft purchased by Indonesia have been shipped to the customer,” Interfax news agency quoted the company’s press service as saying.

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The third Su-30MK2 fighter is scheduled to be delivered at the start of 2009, while three Su-27SKM planes are due for shipping by2010, the reports said.

Under a contract signed in 2007, Russia will supply three Su-30MK2 and three Su-27SKM fighters to Jakarta in addition to twoSu-27SK and two Su-30MK that are already in service with the Indonesian air force.


Russia ‘to give’ Lebanon war jets

December 17, 2008

Moscow is to give 10 MiG-29 fighter jets to Lebanon free of charge, says Russia’s state news agency Interfax.

The head of the Russia’s defence cooperation body, Mikhail Dmitriyev, said the consignment was “a form of military and technical assistance”.

“We view the Lebanese army as the main guarantor of this nation’s stability, therefore the armed forces of this country must be strengthened,” he said.

Delivery of the jets to Lebanon will also be paid for by the Russians.


Two Russian Mig-29 fighter jets (file image)

Russia said the jets would help to ensure stability in the region

Mr Dmitriyev said the jets would be fully repaired and upgraded before being delivered.

He added that the two countries were also discussing a possible sale of Russian armour to Beirut, reported Reuters. Hr said this was possible because of Lebanon’s recent stability.

Lebanon’s military capability is greatly outweighed by Arab neighbour Syria, with which is has a history of sometimes strained relations, and the Jewish state Israel which lies to the south.

Lebanon and Israel have never signed a peace treaty and Israeli fighter jets continually violate Lebanese airspace in what the Israeli military describes as reconnaissance missions, but which are condemned by the United Nations.