A day after Hamas militants threatened to execute civilian captives if Israel targets Gaza with out warning, an Israel Protection Forces (IDF) spokesperson on Tuesday said that killing hostages “won’t make issues higher.” On Monday, the navy arm of the Palestinian group Hamas, the Qassam Brigades, warned declaring its intention to execute Israeli hostages in response to what it claims are indiscriminate Israeli airstrikes on civilian areas within the Gaza Strip.
Qassam Brigades’ spokesperson Abu Obeida conveyed the menacing message in an audio assertion, the Related Press reported. He asserted that this drastic measure was a direct response to the relentless aerial bombardments carried out by the Israeli navy in residential zones.
Obeida said, “Now we have determined to place an finish to this, and as of now, we declare that any concentrating on of our individuals of their houses with out prior warning might be regrettably confronted with the execution of one of many hostages we’re holding”, as quoted by AP.
Reacting to this, as per CNN, IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Richard Hecht mentioned, “In the event that they hurt one in every of these grandmothers or one in every of these infants or one in every of these kids, it won’t make issues higher they usually comprehend it.”
Earlier, Israel’s International Minister Eli Cohen responded to this ominous menace with a video assertion and urged Hamas to chorus from harming the hostages presently held in Gaza. Cohen emphasised Israel’s unwavering dedication to bringing these people house, saying “the spirit of mutual duty”.
“We’ll defeat terror. Now we have no different selection. We demand Hamas to not hurt any of the hostages. Their security is their duty. This battle crime won’t be forgiven,” Cohen mentioned.
Authorities in Israel consider a complete of 150 captives are being held by Hamas militants in Gaza together with girls and youngsters. Hamas has additionally claimed it’s holding over 100 hostages, that embrace high-ranking Israeli military officers.
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