With the announcement of entering the third phase of the ground campaign in the Gaza Strip, the occupation forces began to use new tactics based on reducing the number of troops while focusing on specific qualitative operations.
But Palestinian resistance groups are also changing their defensive tactics in response to the changing nature of Israeli operations, as their reliance on sniping has increased in recent times.
According to a report prepared by Mahmoud al-Kan for Al-Jazeera, according to military experts, this change in the behavior of the resistance is aimed at dismantling the occupation army, as the resistance has caused heavy losses to the ranks of officers and soldiers. Has delivered. ,
Experts say that in such wars, capturing territory is the decisive factor, not merely entering it or taking temporary control over it.
In this regard, resistance fighters appeared as if they were being surrounded from all directions by the occupation forces deployed in several cities and areas of Gaza, as shown in the video clips they broadcast.
Furthermore, resistance snipers also seemed to be more free to move and hunt targets during the third phase of the war compared to previous phases, in which the intensity of Israeli fire was the main theme.
The al-Qassam Brigades – the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) – used “Ghoul” sniper rifles, which they manufactured locally, and Chinese “M99” anti-armor rifles, which have a range of up to 1.5 kilometers.
The sniper requires more specialized training, as he must remain hidden, identify high-value targets and engage them accurately from a distance of hundreds of meters.