The masked Hamas fighter is hunkered down with an assault rifle against a damaged wall, apparently relaxed and sipping tea.
“There is a tank standing by the entrance of the tunnel,” the inscription reads on the social media post. “No problem, I will drink my tea, and go blow it up.”
Likewise, a short pro-Hamas propaganda sketch posted on TikTok purports to show a bearded fighter asleep under an olive tree after a night of prayer. He is woken by a comrade in camouflage, who tells him of an Israeli tank nearby.
“Mohamed” asks if he should strike it with a “Yasin 105,” a Hamas-made anti-tank grenade. The video shows him scoring a direct hit on the tank, then calmly returning to the olive tree to continue his nap.
It is not clear if these scenes circulating on pro-Hamas media are produced by the Palestinian militant group itself. But nearly six weeks after Hamas attacked Israel, precipitating punishing Israeli airstrikes and a massive ground invasion of Gaza on a mission to “destroy” the group, analysts say such scenes help it portray a calm confidence.
In Hamas’ carefully planned and executed Oct. 7 attack, which it called “Al-Aqsa Flood,” 1,200 people in Israel were killed, and some 240 were taken hostage. In the ensuing conflict, which has laid waste to swaths of the Gaza Strip, more than 11,300 Palestinians have been killed, among them an unknown number of Hamas fighters.
Israel says dozens of its soldiers have been killed in the ground war. Wednesday morning the fighting took a dramatic turn as Israeli forces entered parts of Gaza City’s Al Shifa Hospital, below which, Israel and the United States said, Hamas had concealed a command center and weapons.