Hamas aims to open naval military academy in Gaza

Interior minister says school would be part of police academy and will “benefit the society in civilian…affairs.”

The capability of the present navy of the Hamas is less than impressive.
The capability of the present navy of the Hamas is less than impressive.

Hamas is planning to open a naval academy soon in the Gaza Strip, Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad announced on Sunday.

He said that the new institution, which would be part of the police academy, would be an “extension of all marine sciences which benefit the society in civilian and other affairs.”

This is the first time that Hamas has talked about opening a naval academy in the Gaza Strip. Before the Islamist party seized control over the coastal enclave in 2007, the Palestinian Authority had a small police force in the area.

The Palestinians do not have their own naval force or warships. Israel maintains a naval blockade that extends six nautical miles (11.1 km.) into the Mediterranean for security concerns.

Source: Jerusalem Post

My comment:

If we define Gaza as a “Palestinian state”, the Gazan’s will automatically have the right to sovereignty over the waters outside its beaches.

And by International law the regime in Gaza will have a right to build naval forces to defend this sovereignty.

An Iranian battleship on its way through Suez on 22feb 2011.
An Iranian battleship on its way through Suez on 22feb 2011.

A navy will be in need of bases. And where there is naval bases, there will be visiting naval ships.  And Iran will surely send more naval ships, and dock just 50 kilometers south of Tel Aviv.

Will this be “ok” for the International community?

Written by Ivar

 

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