Hamas says will kill hostages if Israeli attacks on Gaza civilians continue

Hamas says will kill hostages if Israeli attacks on Gaza civilians continue

Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant’s ‘complete siege’ of Gaza was also branded a ‘war crime’ by Human Rights Watch.

The Hamas movement has threatened to kill an Israeli hostage every time Israel bombs a Palestinian home without warning as Israel mobilised some 300,000 reservists and imposed a total blockade of the Gaza Strip denying the enclave’s millions of residents access to food, water and fuel.

The warning from Hamas came on Monday as the death toll from the armed group’s surprise weekend attack climbed to 900 in Israel and revenge attacks by Israeli forces on the besieged Gaza Strip killed almost 700 people and left more than 3,700 wounded.

Residential apartment blocks, hospitals, schools and a mosque have been among the sites attacked by Israeli jet fighters, artillery and drones, according to media reports and witnesses.

Hamas spokesperson Abu Ubaida issued the threat on Monday to kill Israelis among the dozens held captive by the armed group. He said an Israeli hostage would be killed for every Israeli bombing of a civilian house without warning.

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said more than 100 people were taken captive by Hamas during the deadly cross-border incursion over the weekend.

As Israeli forces conducted intense retaliatory attacks on Gaza on Monday, Israel’s Defence Minister Yoav Gallant drew international condemnation by announcing a total blockade of the densely populated and besieged enclave, which home to 2.3 million people.

Gallant said Israel would impose a “complete siege” on Gaza: “No electricity, no food, no water, no gas – it’s all closed.”

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “deeply distressed” by the siege announcement and warned that Gaza’s already dire humanitarian situation will now “only deteriorate exponentially”.

Guterres also said some 137,000 people were taking shelter with UNRWA, the UN agency that provides essential services to Palestinians.

Human Rights Watch said Israel’s total blockade on the necessities of life for everyday people in Gaza was a war crime.

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