Hamas ‘tank’ mocked on social media as parade float

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Hamas recently rolled out what it said was a “captured and rebuilt Israeli tank.”

The “tank” was mocked on social media as something more likely to be seen in a carnival than on the battlefield.

Hamas tank. /Twitter
Hamas tank. /Twitter

Twitter users first spotted what looked like car tires between tank treads that were not moving and didn’t even touch the ground. Some tweeted it looked like it was built with wood and could have passed off as a parade float.

The “tank” was rolled out as part of a memorial service for seven Hamas members who were crushed to death on Jan. 26 when a tunnel they were digging in Gaza collapsed.

Four militants managed to escape the tunnel collapse, the Izz ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades said.

“The Mujahedin martyrs were repairing an old tunnel, from which a number of operations were executed in the [2014] war,” a statement by the Brigades said.

Hamas, which has controlled Gaza since 2007, used the tunnels to launch surprise attacks on Israeli forces last summer.

Israel has warned about the rebuilding of the tunnels with some officials calling for pre-emptive action.