Hamas Issues Threat: Hostages Will Pay the Price for Each Israeli Strike
Hamas has issued a chilling ultimatum, vowing to execute one Israeli hostage for each civilian home strike in Gaza conducted without warning.
The militant group’s spokesman, Abu Obeida, has declared that Hamas will publicly release footage of these executions. Hamas has taken this drastic measure in response to Israel’s strikes on civilian areas and the destruction of homes.
Austria’s Concerns Grow Over Dual Citizens’ Fate
Austria’s Foreign Ministry has raised concerns that three Austrian-Israeli dual citizens could be among those abducted by Hamas during the attack launched from Gaza.
These individuals had recently stayed in southern Israel independently, raising uncertainty about their status amidst the ongoing international abduction crisis.
9 Thai Citizens wounded, and 11 others are held hostage.
Thailand’s government has confirmed a devastating toll in the Israel-Hamas conflict; Jakk pong Sang Manee, Thailand’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, confirmed that 9 Thai citizens have been wounded while 11 others are currently held hostage.
French Nationals Missing, Dead, or Abducted in Hamas Assault
French Israeli lawmaker Meyer Habib has urged Paris to hold Hamas accountable for the safety of French citizens affected by the weekend assault on Israel.
At least eight French nationals are missing, confirmed dead, or taken hostage, though the country’s foreign ministry has officially acknowledged only two deaths. The situation of those unaccounted for remains unclear.
Citizens from Ukraine, Mexico, Nepal, German Israeli Citizen Affected
Nations facing a global impact.
- President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine has confirmed that two citizens from his country were killed in Israel during the conflict. Additionally, two Mexican nationals are believed to be among the hostages taken by Hamas, as confirmed by Mexico’s foreign minister, Alicia Bárcena.
- At least four Nepali students who were studying in southern Israel, near Gaza, have been injured, according to Nepal’s foreign minister, Narayan Prakash Saud.
- The status of 11 other Nepali students remains uncertain.
According to German officials, German Israeli citizen Shani Louk was abducted by Hamas militants while attending an open-air music festival.
Diplomatic Efforts Underway as US Supports Israel
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reaffirmed American support for Israel during a call with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen.
Mr. Blinken emphasized efforts to secure the immediate release of all hostages. During a Gaza assault, 11 Americans killed or taken hostage by Hamas, President Biden, stated. Additionally, he spoke with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, jointly condemning Hamas’s attacks on Israel.
Scottish First Minister’s In-Laws Trapped in Gaza Crisis
Scotland’s First Minister, Humza Yousaf, revealed that his wife’s parents, who reside in Dundee, Scotland, were visiting family in Gaza during the recent Hamas attack.
He expressed concern as they are currently trapped in Gaza, with no guarantee of safe passage, highlighting the personal impact of the crisis.
Kibbutz Be’eri Tragedy Unfolds
Reports indicate that around 100 bodies have been removed from Kibbutz Be’eri, a small farming community that witnessed a hostage stand-off during the Hamas attack on Israel.
The number of casualties in this community, which has approximately 1,000 residents, is believed to be even higher as the effects of the Hamas assault continue to reverberate.
Experts Warn of Escalation and Regional Conflict
Experts have cautioned that a major military offensive in Gaza could lead to an “escalation spiral,” with potential involvement from Hezbollah, West Bank factions, and Iran, potentially triggering a region-wide conflict.