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Israel accused of using Gaza to test its missile shield

The head of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Khaled Meshaal, has accused Israel of using the Gaza Strip as an experimental theatre of war to test its anti-missile shield and other military capabilities prior to an attack on Iran.

Hamas leader Meshaal told the Turkish Anatolia news agency on Monday that, "The Zionist entity chose Gaza when it wanted to test its anti-missile shield, as it prepares for a possible war against Iran and other conflicts." He said that the Israeli occupation authorities are guilty of "state terrorism" against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Meshaal defended the resistance groups who fire rockets from Gaza into Israel: "These missiles are intended only for self-defence, and were fired after Israel had attacked us; the resistance in Gaza used its legal and moral right to defend itself."

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