When Hamzah Al-Wasl starts an ayaat is it pronounced identically like a Hamza?

Question
Al-Salaamu Alaykum

I have a question regarding Hamzah Al-Wasl,

When Hamzah Al-Wasl starts an ayaat (ex. Surah Anaam Verse 24), is it pronounced identically like a Hamza?

In this case (Surah Anaam Verse 24) will Hamzah Al-Wasl be read exactly as a Hamzah with a dhammah is read?

Jazaakallahu Khayran

Answer
Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
Yes, when we start a word which has hamzah al-wasl at the beginning, we pronounce it as a hamzah.  It is a hamzah, thus the name,  and uses the articulation point of the hamzah and characteristics.  The only difference between it and the is that it is only used when starting the word; not when continuing with that which precedes it.
Yes, the first word of aayah 24 in surah Al-'An'aam is started with a dhammah on the hamzah, when we start with this word, and there is no difference between the way this sounds and a ' with a dhammah on it.