Israel’s risk of a floor invasion on the blockaded Gaza Strip “doesn’t scare us”, mentioned the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Monday. Because the conflict between Israel and Hamas entered its tenth day on Tuesday after the militant group launched shock assaults on Israel, the army wing of Hamas mentioned it was prepared for the bottom assault.
The specter of a floor offensive by Israel “would not scare us and we’re prepared for it”, Abu Obeideh, the spokesman of Hamas’s army wing, mentioned Monday, based on AFP.
In a televised assertion, he mentioned Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades had been holding 200 individuals captive since an enormous onslaught on Israel’s south on October 7, with about 50 others held by different “resistance factions and somewhere else”.
“The specter of the occupation (Israel) to launch a floor offensive in opposition to our individuals would not scare us and we’re prepared for it,” Abu Obeideh mentioned.
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The Hamas management claimed that it has what it takes to free all of the Palestinians prisoners in Israel’s jail and hinted that it would use Israeli hostages as bargaining chips for the discharge of Palestinian prisoners, Reuters reported.
Hamas official Khaled Meshaal who made the assertion additionally mentioned that the non-Israelis kidnapped by the group had been “friends” who can be launched “when circumstances enable”.
Amid the escalations, Hamas has additionally threatened Israel with executing hostages.
Earlier on Monday, Israel Military spokesperson Daniel Hagari mentioned that Tel Aviv had been in a position to affirm and notify the family members of 199 individuals held captives in Gaza.
The non-Israeli hostages taken by Hamas are believed to be nationals of nations together with Thailand and Germany. The hostages additionally embody Israelis with twin citizenship in nations together with the US.
In a video message, Obeida mentioned that Hamas has “a bunch of detainees of various nationalities, these are our friends and we search to guard them.”