Hamas defiant with military parade, appearance of top leader

Top Hamas leader in Gaza, Yehiyeh Sinwar, center, pays his respects at a house of mourning for a Hamas commander killed in the war, in Gaza City, Saturday, May 22, 2021. Sinwar, made his first public appearance since the militant group’s war with Israel erupted earlier this month. (AP Photo/Mohammed Mohammed)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hundreds of masked Hamas fighters brandishing assault rifles paraded in Gaza City and the group’s top leader made his first public appearance on Saturday, in a defiant show of strength after the militants’ 11-day war with Israel.