After Hamas hostage threats, Israel bombs southern Gaza

2023-12-11 09:26:40 / BOTA ALFA PRESS

After Hamas hostage threats, Israel bombs southern Gaza

Israel bombed the main southern Gaza city of Han Yunis on Monday after the Palestinian group Hamas warned that none of the Israeli hostages would leave the territory alive until they met demands for the release of the prisoners.

Hamas, the radical group that rules Gaza, has been designated a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union. Hamas has fueled the war since it carried out its deadliest attacks ever on Israeli soil on October 7, killing about 1,200 people, according to Israeli figures, and taking about 240 hostages, which it sent to Gaza. Israel has responded with a military offensive that has reduced much of Gaza to rubble and killed an estimated 17,990 people, mostly women and children, according to Palestinian health authorities.

According to them, dozens of people were killed on Monday, as a result of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, while the Israeli army reported the launch of rockets from Gaza towards Israel.

Hamas warned on Sunday that it would not hand over the hostages alive without an exchange of Palestinian prisoners and "negotiations for the resistance". Israel has said there are still 137 hostages in Gaza, while activists have said 7,000 Palestinians are still in Israeli prisons. The bombardment that began on October 7, and the ground offensive, have pushed the health system in Gaza towards collapse, as most hospitals are not functional and nearly two million people are displaced.