The objective of the Israeli army, on the sixth day of the war unleashed by the Hamas offensive, is the “liquidation” of the government of the Palestinian Islamist movement in the Gaza Stripa military spokesman said Thursday.
“At this very moment we are concentrating on its senior leaders, not only the military command, but also its government officials up to (Yahya) Sinuar”the leader of Hamas in Gaza, said the Israeli lieutenant colonel Richard Hecht. “They are directly involved” in Saturday’s attack on Israeli soil, the spokesman said.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have stated this Thursday that Hamas “no longer manages to administer” the area after the Israeli bombings carried out in response to the offensive launched on Saturday by the Palestinian armed group.
The spokesperson of Army, Daniel Hagari, has indicated that the attacks are reducing Hamas’ capabilities to operate in the area. “We are destroying his ability to function as sovereign. He no longer has the capacity to administer Gaza,” he noted.
Likewise, he stated in a press conference that Hamas is mired in “anarchy and chaos” and has urged increased pressure on the group, according to information collected by the newspaper ‘The Times of Israel’.
In this sense, he has assured that the military “will attack anyone who was involved in the attacks in southern Israel.” “We have taken the videos and identified the people who committed the atrocities. “We have used facial recognition and there will be no impunity,” she said before warning that “those who give them refuge run a serious risk.”
The Israeli Energy Minister, Israel Katzdefended this Thursday that “There will be no electricity or water” in the Gaza Strip until the hostages captured by Hamas after its offensive on Saturday are released.
“Humanitarian aid to Gaza? “There will be no electricity, drinking water or fuel until those kidnapped in Israel can return home.”Katz stated in a message spread through X, formerly known as Twitter. Thus, she has emphasized that “humanitarianism is for humanitarianism” and has specified that “no one can teach morality” to Israel.
An estimated 150 people were kidnapped by the Palestinian armed group and taken to the Gaza Strip during the incursion that took place on Saturday and has left more than 1,200 dead in Israel.
The Israeli Army has indicated this Thursday that there are already 81 families that have had to be notified of the kidnapping of their relatives at the hands of Hamas, although the militants target some 130 hostages.
“We are aware that there is uncertainty but we try to understand what is happening on the ground and we must be precise when reporting”stated the spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, Daniel Hagari.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, joined forces this Wednesday with an important political rival to create a war cabinet to oversee the fight to avenge the weekend attack by terrorists from Hamas. In the isolated Gaza Stripgoverned de facto by the armed group, Palestinian suffering increased as Israeli bombing demolished neighborhoods and the only electric power plant was running out of fuel.
The new cabinet establishes a degree of unity after years of bitter political divisions, and while it seems increasingly likely that the israeli army will launch a ground offensive in Gaza. The war has taken at least 2,400 lives on both sides so far.
The Israeli government is under intense public pressure to overthrow Hamas after its militants crossed the border fence on Saturday and massacred hundreds of Israelis in their homes, on the streets and at an open-air music festival.
In a televised speech Wednesday night, Netanyahu He stated that among the victims there were boys and girls who were tied up and who had headshots, people burned alive, women raped and soldiers beheaded.
The prime minister’s allegations could not be independently confirmed, and authorities did not provide details.
Netanyahu promised “crush and destroy” Hamas. “Every member of Hamas is a dead man“, he stated in his speech.
(With information from AFP and Europa Press)