TEL AVIV — A spokesperson for the army wing of Hamas has stated militants will kill one civilian hostage each time Israel targets civilians of their houses in Gaza “with out warning.”
In an audio assertion launched Monday, Abu Obeida, spokesman of the Qassam Brigades, stated intense strikes had occurred in civilian areas in Gaza, a densely populated coastal enclave that has been blockaded within the years since Hamas took energy there.
“We announce that each focusing on of our people who find themselves secure of their houses with out warning, we’ll regretfully meet with the execution of our enemy’s civilian hostages,” Obeida stated. He stated the executions can be broadcast “in audio and video.”
Obeida stated the message was a “warning” after Israel issued a “full siege” of Gaza and pounded the realm with airstrikes after Hamas launched its shock assault on Saturday, stunning Israelis and plenty of around the globe.
Greater than 1,000 folks died after Hamas militants broke via the border fence that separates Israel from the blockaded Gaza Strip and started killing and kidnapping Israelis. Not less than 700 folks had been killed in Israel, in accordance with the army, and greater than 570 folks in Gaza and the West Financial institution, the Palestinian Well being Ministry stated.
Round 100 folks have been kidnapped.
Israel Protection Minister Yoav Gallant stated a “full siege” of the Gaza Strip was being launched within the wake of the unprecedented shock assault by Hamas.
“I ordered a full siege on the Gaza Strip. No energy, no meals, no fuel, the whole lot is closed. We’re preventing human animals and we act accordingly,” stated Gallant, a former Israel Protection Forces commander now serving in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s authorities.
United Nations Secretary-Common António Guterres stated he was “deeply distressed” by the event.
Talking with journalists after a gathering with senior leaders, he condemned the shelling of hospitals and shelters within the Gaza Strip and referred to as for the U.N. to have the ability to ship humanitarian help.
He warned that Israel’s army operations “should be carried out in strict accordance with worldwide humanitarian regulation.”
Guterres additionally condemned Hamas’ seize of hostages, each civilians and army members.
“It’s time to finish this vicious circle of bloodshed, hatred and polarization,” he stated.