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Hamas Warns of Hostage Deaths in Response to Israeli Strikes

October 9, 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a startling turn of events, Israel’s military has implemented a complete siege on the Gaza Strip, disrupting essential supplies and launching relentless airstrikes against the Hamas-controlled territory. This drastic measure comes in retaliation for a bloody weekend incursion by Hamas militants.

Hamas caught Israel’s formidable military and intelligence apparatus off guard, resulting in intense street battles in southern towns, a rarity in decades. More than two days after the surprise attack, the Israeli military claims to have regained control in these areas where they had been clashing with Hamas gunmen.

In a chilling development, the armed wing of Hamas, the Qassam Brigades, has issued a grave threat. Abu Obeida, the group’s spokesperson, announced in an audio statement that they would execute an Israeli hostage for every civilian target bombed by Israel in the Gaza Strip without prior warning. This ominous declaration heightens tensions in an already volatile region.

Responding to this threat, Israel’s Foreign Minister, Eli Cohen, emphasized the importance of protecting the hostages held by Hamas. He urged Hamas not to harm any of the hostages and stressed Israel’s commitment to bringing them home “in the spirit of mutual responsibility.” Cohen warned that any harm to the hostages would be considered a war crime that would not be forgiven.

The situation in the Gaza Strip remains highly precarious as both sides escalate their actions and rhetoric. The international community watches closely, hoping for a peaceful resolution to prevent further bloodshed.

Credit: AP

 

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