The Hamas terrorist movement warned that none of the hostages kidnapped during its attack on Israel on October 7 and still held in the Gaza Strip will leave the territory “alive” without a negotiation.
“Neither the fascist enemy and its arrogant leadership, nor its supporters, will be able to recover their prisoners alive without an exchange and negotiation, and without meeting the demands of the resistance,” Abu Obeida, spokesman for the armed wing of Hamas, declared on television. .
In late November, a one-week truce agreement allowed 105 hostages held in Gaza, including 80 Israelis, to be released in exchange for 240 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
Israel indicated on Saturday that 137 hostages remain in Palestinian territory.
Qatar, the main mediator between the two sides, assured on Sunday that efforts for a new ceasefire and more hostage releases “continue,” but warned that sustained Israeli bombing is “reducing” the chances of it being achieved.
Obeida declared that the group will continue fighting Israeli forces.
“We have no choice but to fight this barbaric occupier in every neighborhood, street and alley,” he said.
“The enemy’s holocaust aims to break the strength of our resistance (…) but we are fighting a sacred battle in our land,” he added.
On October 7, Hamas carried out a bloody attack on southern Israel that killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapped another 240, according to Israeli authorities.
In response, Israel launched an air, sea and land offensive against the Palestinian movement, leaving at least 17,700 dead.
cough in the Gaza Strip, mostly women and minors, according to the Hamas Health Ministry.