The Battle of Al-Zahra city – Why Hamas’ Latest Video is Worth a Pause

Al-Qassam fighters target an Israeli tank in Al-Zahra city, in central Gaza. (Photo: video grab)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

162 days after the Israeli war-turned-genocide began, fighting is once more taking place in Al-Zahra city. 

This may have seemed like another ordinary vehicle, of Qassam fighters pointing their Yassin-105 or other weapons at an Israeli military vehicle before it is partially or fully destroyed. 

But it is not. The area in which the targeting of the Israeli tanks and personal carriers took place is Al-Zahra city, northwest of the central Gaza region. 

Al-Zahra city is a relatively new town, which was established following the Oslo Accords and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority. Its residents, before they were ethnically cleansed at the start of the war, were mostly government officials and members of Gaza’s, then burgeoning, middle classes. 

It was no wonder then, that Israel has chosen this area to be the entry point to central Gaza, specifically to establish its separation line, dividing the north from the center. 

Israel, at least initially, thought it had succeeded since it considered Al-Zahra the ‘soft belly’ of the central region. 

But 162 days after the Israeli war-turned-genocide began, fighting is once more taking place in Al-Zahra city. 

In the video, Al-Qassam fighters are seen striking Israeli tanks from a relatively long distance, and yet achieving direct hits, which also points to the fact that the Gaza Resistance did not lose much of its strength and capabilities since the beginning of the war. 

On the contrary, it seems that the Resistance is adapting to changing circumstances and a long war, which has to be won.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

(The Palestine Chronicle is a registered 501(c)3 organization, thus, all donations are tax deductible.)
Our Vision For Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders & Intellectuals Speak Out


  1. The Palestinian Authority today described the Hamas attacks on October 7 as having caused more damage to the Palestinian cause than the nakbah of 1948.

    • Cause and effect can be described, but it requires a knowledge of history. Rather than blame anyone in particular, it is going to be easier to blame the deity itself for having created such an animal as ourselves. The Palestinian Authority may have been referring to the “Palestinian cause” as being related to the political opinions of Israelis. Well, yes, that has gone downhill, for sure. Turning to the rest of the world as though it matters, the situation appears otherwise.

Comments are closed.