Al Qassam Brigades, the paramilitary wing of Hamas, held a press conference late Saturday night in Gaza, promising an “important video message” that would shock Israel.

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/269913313167671296

Self-described Islamic libertarian Iyad El-Baghdadi live-tweeted the conference. Among the claims by Al Qassam is the shooting down of an Israeli warplane over the Gaza sea, an event the group claims Israel is hiding from its people.

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/269919107032440832

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/269919863290617856

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/269920995886911488

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/269921442089558016

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/269922748086771712

One lesson learned from Hamas — don’t believe everything you see, such as that photo of an injured child which was revealed to have been taken in Syria a month earlier. A rumor spread last night claimed Hamas had downed an Israeli F-16 and captured the pilot.

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/269925010444013569

There was no immediate reaction to the press conference from the IDF’s official Twitter account. Twitchy will continue to monitor the situation. In the meantime, it seems observers should expect more of the same.

One viewer in Egypt captured a shot of the video.

Update:

Al Qassam has uploaded the video that will shock Israel to YouTube, and yes, it’s “shaky” in more ways than one. (Fair warning: it’s loud.)

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/269933540521689088

http://youtu.be/hU-q1gKbJwg