Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh Defies Israeli Offensive, Calls for Palestinian Security

Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh declared that Israel cannot impose its choices on Hamas, emphasizing that the group will not accept any deal that does not ensure Palestinian security. This statement follows an Israeli military offensive in Gaza's al-Nuseirat area, which resulted in at least 55 Palestinian deaths.


Reuters | Updated: 08-06-2024 17:39 IST | Created: 08-06-2024 17:39 IST
Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh Defies Israeli Offensive, Calls for Palestinian Security
Ismail Haniyeh

Israel cannot force its choices on Hamas and the group will accept no deal that does not achieve security for Palestinians, Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Saturday in response to an Israeli military offensive in Gaza's al-Nuseirat area.

Israeli forces have rescued four hostages alive from two separate locations in the central Gaza area of al-Nuseirat on Saturday, the military said. "Our people will not surrender and the resistance will continue to defend our rights in the face of this criminal enemy," Haniyeh said in his statement.

"If the (Israeli) occupation believes that it can impose its choices on us by force, then it is delusional," he added. At least 55 Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded in Israeli attacks on Nuseirat and other areas in central Gaza, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said on Saturday.

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