Hamas threatened this Monday Do not allow any hostages to leave Gaza alive If their prisoner exchange requests are not met.
But Israel’s response doubled the challenge. Bombing of Gaza continued and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the situation by announcing that dozens of Hamas fighters had surrendered. “The beginning of the end” for the group.
Israel again ordered civilians to leave the central area of the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis, and an official said civilians did not want to be trapped. There are “tough battles”.
Qatar, the main mediator, has signaled the possibility of a new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. “reduces”, But he has vowed to put pressure on both sides.
Nine weeks ago Hamas attacked IsraelKilled 1,200 and took 240 hostages Some of them were released during the brief skirmish.
Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said in Israel Killed 18,205 people People In his retaliation campaign.
Hamas threatens hostages
Heavy fighting and shelling took place in the Gaza Strip this Monday after Hamas warned that None of the hostages taken in Israel make it out “alive.” Unless their demands for the release of Palestinian prisoners are met.
“The fascist enemy and its arrogant leadership … or the partisans behind them … cannot capture their prisoners alive without exchanging, negotiating and accepting the terms of the resistance,” Hamas spokesman Abu Obaidah said in audio released Sunday. on the Army Division’s Telegram channel.
This has increased the pressure on the authorities 138 are still being held by Hamas and other armed groups.
Israel has repeatedly pledged to do everything possible to rescue the remaining hostages. A total of 110 hostages were freed, but a week-long ceasefire ended last week under which dozens were freed. After this, Israel bombarded Gaza again.
Powerful airstrikes in the center and east of Khan Yunis have forced thousands of civilians to flee the raging fighting in the north.
The health ministry of the Palestinian territory, which has been ruled by Hamas since 2007, announced that at least 32 bodies had been transferred to Nasser Hospital in the city in the past 24 hours.
The ministry noted “dozens” of deaths across the territory, including Gaza City and the Jabaliya refugee camp, north of the enclave, as well as Nusirat and Makasi camps in the center.
Islamic Jihad, the second armed Islamist movement in Gaza, has one of its fighters, HHe blew up the house where the Israeli soldiers were Looking for the entrance to the underground tunnel.
The Israeli military, for its part, reported rocket fire from Gaza towards Israel.
“This is the beginning of the end for Hamas”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on Hamas militants to lay down their arms, saying several surrenders had taken place in recent days.
“The war continues, but this is the beginning of the end for Hamas.” A nationalist leader quoted in a statement declared.
His national security adviser said the military had killed some 7,000 fighters during the fightingIt currently focuses on the south of the territory.
The army announced on Monday that 101 Israeli soldiers had been killed since the ground offensive began.
The UN General Assembly will meet on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Gaza, following the US It will veto a new ceasefire resolution on Friday.
Diplomatic sources indicated that the meeting would conclude with a written statement. The draft text, accessed by AFP on Sunday, largely takes A resolution calling for a new ceasefireIt was vetoed by the Security Council on Friday.
US diplomat Anthony Blinken again rejected a cease-fire.
“Hamas is still alive, still intact and with (…) Intent re-announced on 7th October Again and again, it perpetuates the problem,” he told ABC News on Sunday.
However, the US politician noted that Washington was “very, very aware”. “The terrible human cost.” of conflict.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned “The situation is rapidly developing towards a catastrophe” This will have irreversible consequences for the “Palestinians” and the region.
Nearly 1.9 million of Gaza’s 2.4 million people have been displaced, nearly a million of them children, the UN children’s agency said.
Israel has ordered civilians to take refuge in the south of the territory, but the military continues to attack targets across the region.
With agency information
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