In an attempt to improve the military skills of its members, the third largest terror organization in Gaza, Popular Resistance Committees, has established the Shahid Imad Hamad Academy of Military Training. This week, the academy's first class graduated, after having specialized in fighting Armored Corps-
The Gaza Strip's terror power struggle features three key players:Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC). Each organization tries to gain more support and enlist as many new members to their military units as possible, in order to fight against Israel.
In an attempt to improve the military skills of its members, the PRC's military wing, the al-Nasser Salah ad-Din Brigades, has established the Shahid Imad Hamad Academy of Military Training. This week, the academy's first class graduated, after having specialized in fighting Armored Corps.
The academy is named after Imad Hamad, who was assassinated by the IDF in Rafah on the same day of the August 2011 multiple terror attacks near Eilat, which claimed the lives of eight Israelis. Hamad was the commander of the PRC military wing, and is known to be the first to interrogate Gilad Shalit in captivity.
According to the PRC, the military school was established with the purpose of instilling its members with the basics of war and improving their combat skills through intensive training so they can be prepared to thwart any attack against the Palestinian people. A senior PRC member, known as "Abu Suhaib," explained that the school was working to increase the military wing's efficiency.
According to Abu Suhaib, the curriculum includs physical training, the use of antitank missiles, and military and defense studies. Suhaib took pride in the fact that PRC members were not only taught military strategies but also religious values, "so they can confront the Zionist enemy with complete faith in the triumph of God."
The PRC, Abu Suhaib said, strives to train as many new members as possible so they could carry the torch and follow the path of former PRC leaders who "sacrificed their lives."
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