Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas politburo
A leader of the Palestinian resistance group Hamas says Israel is committing massacres in its war on Gaza to cover up its recent defeats and losses.
The head of the political bureau of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh, speaking in a televised speech on Wednesday, said Israel was "committing barbaric massacres against unarmed civilians," vowing that "villainy will not save them from resounding defeat."
Hamas launched a surprise operation into the Israeli-occupied territories last month in response to Israelís minting atrocities.
Afterwards, Israel launched an intensive bombing campaign against the Gaza Strip, which has so far left 8,796 people dead, including 3,648 children.
‘Israeli bombardment kills captivesí
Haniyeh warned that the Israeli massacre costs the regime the lives of its own prisoners who are under heavy shelling in Gaza.
He said that Israeli captives held in the besieged Gaza Strip were subject to the same death and destruction that Palestinians have been facing.
Hamas has reported that dozens of Israelis remain captive under Israeli bombardments. It says those bombardments should stop to allow for talks with the regime on an exchange of captives.
‘Palestinians defeat Israelís projectí
Haniyeh hailed the resilience of the Palestinians in the face of relentless Israeli bombardments, saying they have defeated the Zionistís project to bring about a new Nakba (Catastrophe) and a mass displacement.
Haniyeh said that ahead of the October 7 operation, Hamas had warned that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "and his fascist [cabinet] will continue their contentious policies."
The Hamas leader cited the expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank as well as increased settler violence and attacks on al-Aqsa mosque in al-Quds as instances of such policies.
He said the region wonít have stability as long as the Palestiniansí rights of sovereignty and return to their homeland are not realized.
Hanyieh also lauded the historic pro-Palestine movement on the global stage and called upon all the free people around the world to continue pressuring the decision makers in their countries to abandon their pro-Israel stance, which he said is tantamount to supporting the genocide in Gaza.
Israeli war planes, naval boats and artillery kept pounding Gaza on Wednesday, inflicting more casualties on the civilian population.
The civilian death toll in Gaza and desperate humanitarian conditions have caused great concern across the world as food, fuel, drinking water and medicine are running short.