Lives Need to Be Sacrificed For Free Palestine: Hamas
Over the years hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have lost their lives and continue to do so for Palestine, a land that is currently under siege. Since Hamas launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on October 7 against Israel, thousands more, including children and women have been killed in both sides.
Acknowledging the loss of lives, Khaled Mashal, a senior Hamas official, said Palestinian lives would need to be sacrificed in order to win liberation. “Israel will kill us, whether we resist or not.” He highlighted that the October 7 attack against Israel was a calculated move and Hamas was fully aware of its consequences.
Yesterday, Hamas released two hostages, which it says is to make way for humanitarian passage. The militant group took 200 hostages, including non-Israelis and high-ranking officers from the Gaza Division. Mashal said they have enough hostages to negotiate releasing all the Palestinian prisoners held in Israel.
Hamas Defends Its Actions
The Hamas militant said the Palestinian people are just like any other nation. “No nation is liberated without sacrifices. Israel will kill us, whether we resist it or not. In all wars, there are civilian victims. We are not responsible for them.”
In regards to apologizing for the overwhelming civilian deaths, Mashal said apologizes should be demanded from Israel. “Hamas does not kill civilians on purpose. It focuses on the soldiers. Period.” He called on Egyptian leaders to help Hamas. “Outside of Palestine, we are grateful to whoever is standing by us.”
Ongoing Israel-Palestine War
War continues in Gaza and so does pro-Palestine protests around the world. Israel continues to bombard residential neighborhoods and hospitals, saying its targeting Hamas militants. The Israel Defense Forces, as per Israeli reports, struck multiple Hamas command centers and underground infrastructure and eliminated Mahmoud Sabih – Hamas militant and engineer. Hamas launched barrage of rockets at Sderot, Ashdod and nearby towns.
Gaza Health Ministry said more than 4,100 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli strikes. But Israel says it has only been targeting terrorists who are deeply embedded in the civilian population. In its operation against Hamas, Israel has cut off water and electricity supplies, fuel and food to Gaza, a territory of 2.4 million people.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Israel’s war is against Hamas. He told reporters there would be a new security reality in the territory after the terror group has been destroyed. “The war’s objectives include eliminating Hamas by destroying its military and governmental capabilities.”