Ismail Haniyeh warns that hostages being held in Gaza face identical danger of ‘demise and destruction’ from the Israeli assault on the territory as Palestinian residents
Hamas’s political chief has accused Israel of finishing up “massacres” within the besieged Gaza Strip to hide its personal “defeats” and warned that the lots of of Israeli and international hostages being held captive in Gaza confronted the identical danger of “demise and destruction” from the Israeli assault on the territory as Palestinian residents.
Israel is “committing barbaric massacres in opposition to unarmed civilians”, Ismail Haniyeh mentioned in an tackle broadcast on Wednesday.
“Its villainy is not going to save them from resounding defeat,” he promised.
Israel launched an assault on Gaza on October 7 after Hamas carried out a devastating assault on southern Israel, killing at the very least 1,400 folks, largely civilians, in response to Israeli officers.
At the least 8,796 folks have been killed within the persevering with Israeli bombardment of Gaza, together with 3,648 youngsters, in response to Palestinian authorities.
Haniyeh mentioned Hamas had warned Israel’s “fascist authorities” about its “contentious insurance policies” earlier than its assault, pointing to the growth of settlements within the West Financial institution and assaults on Islamic holy websites, such because the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Hamas chief mentioned regional unrest would proceed till “Palestinians acquire their “official rights to freedom, independence and return”.
Refugee camp hit
The remarks got here after Israeli forces attacked the Jabalia refugee camp in north Gaza for the second straight day, killing dozens, in response to Palestinian officers.
Greater than 50 folks have been killed in an Israeli air raid on the densely packed neighbourhood the day gone by, Palestinian authorities mentioned.
Hamas mentioned seven Israeli hostages, three of whom held international passports, have been killed within the assault.
Hamas’s army wing has beforehand mentioned that “virtually 50” hostages had been killed in earlier Israeli air raids on the besieged territory.
Israel’s army confirmed it attacked the Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza’s largest, saying the air raid on Tuesday had killed senior Hamas member Ibrahim Biari, together with many different “terrorists.” Biari was liable for serving to to orchestrate the October 7 assault, Israel mentioned.
UNICEF warning about youngster deaths
The UN’s youngsters’s fund has mentioned that the toll of the Israeli assault was having a devastating affect on youngsters in Gaza.
“Greater than 420 youngsters are being killed or injured in Gaza every day — a quantity which ought to shake every of us to our core,” mentioned UNICEF Government Director Catherine Russell.
Hamas chief Haniyeh additionally mentioned the bloodshed should cease and referred to as on the world to proceed rallying in defence of the Palestinian trigger to stress policymakers.
He accused Israel and its ally america of blocking mediation efforts.
On Friday, the US and Israel have been amongst solely 14 out of 193 UN member nations to vote “no” on the overall meeting decision calling for a direct humanitarian truce. Nonetheless, 120 nations voted “sure” to the decision, whereas 45 abstained.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly dismissed requires a ceasefire, saying it will be tantamount to “surrendering” to Hamas. The principle Palestinian armed teams preventing in Gaza, together with Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, haven’t referred to as for a ceasefire.