Friday, May 24

Hamas Offers to Free Civilian Hostages if Israel Halts Gaza Bombing

Hamas, a Palestinian organization, is considered a terrorist organization by several countries, including Israel, the United States, and the European Union. They have offered to release civilian hostages if Israel stops its bombing in Gaza.

Hamas, a group that Israel and several other countries consider a terrorist organization, carried out a significant terror attack in Israel on October 7. A high-ranking Hamas official informed NBC News that they are prepared to release all civilian hostages instantly if Israel ceases its airstrikes in Gaza. The Hamas representative mentioned that they would liberate all hostages within an hour if Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip were halted.

 

Hamas Offers to Free Civilian Hostages if Israel Halts Gaza Bombing
Hamas Offers to Free Civilian Hostages if Israel Halts Gaza Bombing

 

The armed group Hamas conditioned the release of civilian hostages shortly after an air strike devastated a Gaza City hospital, a Hamas-controlled area. Israel’s military denied responsibility for the hospital attack, asserting it was likely caused by a failed rocket launch by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group within Gaza.

According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), their operational systems conducted an analysis revealing a series of rockets launched towards Israel, passing near the hospital before it was struck. The IDF further asserted, based on intelligence from multiple sources, that the failed rocket launch hitting the hospital was the responsibility of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labeled the perpetrators in Gaza as “barbaric terrorists” responsible for the hospital attack, distancing Israel’s military from the incident. In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, a Gaza civil defence chief reported approximately 300 casualties, while health ministry sources indicated a figure of 500, according to a Reuters report. Additionally, US President Joe Biden left the White House for a swift visit to Israel, aiming to express solidarity with the nation’s populace following the Hamas terrorist attack.

“I am deeply saddened and outraged by the explosion at the Al Ahli Arab hospital in Gaza, along with the tragic loss of life it caused. Upon learning of this devastating news, I immediately engaged in discussions with King Abdullah II of Jordan and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel. I have instructed my national security team to gather comprehensive information about the incident,” President Biden stated in a press release just moments before departing for Israel.

Biden has been supporting Israel’s efforts to deal with Hamas after the attacks on Israel on October 7. In these attacks, over 1,300 people were killed, and around 200 to 250 Israelis were taken as hostages in Gaza.


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