In a late-night statement on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that every Hamas member is a dead man.
According to the Jerusalem Post, Netanyahu addressed at a press conference held by the newly created emergency government, which was constituted to pursue the battle against Hamas.
Defence Minister Yoav Gallant of the Likud Party and former Defence Minister Benny Gantz of the National Unity Party are the other members of the emergency government.
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As the war enters its sixth day, Israel’s emergency government has threatened to wipe Hamas off the map.
“We are fighting with full force on all fronts. We have gone over to the offensive. Every Hamas member is a dead man,” Netanyahu said.
The Israeli Prime Minister compared Hamas to the Islamic State, stating that when Palestinian militants infiltrated Southern Israel on Saturday, they burned people alive, raped victims, and shot babies in the head.
The incident, described as the deadliest in decades, prompted Israeli forces to launch retaliatory air attacks on Palestinian settlements in Gaza.
Following the attack, the Israeli government declared war, and the Israel Defence Forces, or IDF, launched Operation Swords of Iron.
“We saw bound children shot in the head, people burned while they were still alive and young people who were raped.
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“Hamas is ISIS and we will destroy it like the world destroyed ISIS,” Netanyahu added.
Defense Minister Gallant vowed that Hamas will be “obliterated”.
“Hamas — the Islamic State of Gaza — will be wiped from the face of the earth. It will not continue to exist.
“There will be no situation in which Israeli children are murdered and we all go about our business,” Gallant said.
He described the Hamas onslaught on Southern Israel as “the worst terror attack the world has ever seen”.
“Thousands of terrorists stormed in to destroy, murder, loot and slaughter,” he said, noting that, even as a soldier who has witnessed many tough situations “I never saw anything like this”.
Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reported on Thursday morning in an update on the battle that the Palestinian health ministry said the dead toll in Gaza had grown to 1,200.
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Approximately 5,600 people have been injured.
In Israel, the number of people dead has also grown to 1,200.
According to Al Jazeera, the United Nations, 338,934 Palestinians have been displaced in Gaza as Israel’s destructive bombing strikes continue overnight.
Kenneth Roth, a former Human Rights Watch president, said Israel’s “indiscriminate and disproportionate attack” on Palestinian civilians could amount to a “war crime.”
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