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Netanyahu says Hamas fighters surrendered

Netanyahu says Hamas fighters surrendered

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that dozens of activists have surrendered in recent days as the Israeli army intensifies its military efforts to crush Hamas and kill its leadership.

Netanyahu said that the world sees “the beginning of the end” for Hamas and its leader, Yahya Sinwar.

Netanyahu said in his speech: “They are laying down their weapons and surrendering themselves to our heroic warriors.” Video streaming. He added, “It will take more time. The war is in full swing, (but) I tell the Hamas terrorists that the matter is over. Do not die for Sinwar. Surrender now.”

Hamas issued a statement He said that Israel is detaining unarmed civilians and surrounding them with weapons in a “desperate and transparent ploy” to give the impression that the militants’ resolve is fading.

Netanyahu’s bold prediction came one day after the United States vetoed the latest historic UN General Assembly resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire. Israel and its most supportive ally are finding fewer global supporters as the Palestinian death toll continues to rise.

Developments:

∎ Tzachi Hanegbi, head of the Israeli National Security Council, said that Palestinian detainees are stripped of their underwear when arrested for security reasons. The images showing the naked men sparked protests from Human Rights Watch and other rights groups.

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∎ Hamas encouraged workers around the world to join the general strike called for Monday in Gaza, urging “the free people of the world to participate in the strike in protest against the genocidal war and the atrocities carried out by the Israeli occupation against civilians” in Gaza.

∎ The Israeli army said that its fighter jet attack “led to the elimination” of Hamas brigade commander Imad Karika, who was leading Hamas forces in the Shujaiya neighborhood in Gaza City after his predecessor was killed earlier in the war.

Continued Israeli raids on Gaza: The United States vetoes an unusual UN ceasefire resolution

Making his rounds on Sunday morning news shows, Secretary of State Antony Blinken defended the US veto of the ceasefire resolution before the UN General Assembly.

Blinken, speaking ABC‘s “this week,” He said the Biden administration is “deeply aware of the devastating human toll” the war has taken on civilians, including women and children. But he said Israel’s efforts to eliminate Hamas were a legitimate goal.

He added that the militant group could end the bloodbath if it stopped fighting and “moved out of the way of civilians instead of hiding behind them.”

Blinken added: “When it comes to a ceasefire at this moment, with Hamas still alive, still intact, and again, with the stated intention to repeat what happened on October 7 over and over again, that would simply perpetuate the problem.” .

Global Health Organization Make a decision He called on Sunday for “immediate, sustained and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief, including the arrival of medical teams” into Gaza. It calls on all parties to fulfill their international humanitarian law obligations aimed at protecting civilians and medical personnel during war.

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WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the resolution was a starting point and urged all UN member states to work towards ending the conflict as soon as possible.

“It is a platform on which to build,” Tedros said. “Without a ceasefire, there is no peace. Without peace, there is no health.”

The Gaza Strip is a piece of land less than 25 miles long and 7 miles wide. More than two million Palestinians live there, but the UN refugee agency says nearly 90% of them have fled their homes amid Israeli bombing and ground assault since October 7.

the The agency said last week Nearly 1.2 million internally displaced Palestinians were taking shelter in 151 United Nations facilities. Four of them, from and around the city of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, were evacuated last week on instructions from the Israeli army.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the United Nations agency to aid Palestinians, said more than 130 of its employees had been killed since the war began. The Gaza Ministry of Health says at least 17,000 Palestinians were killed in Gaza, about 70% of whom were women and children. More than 1,200 Israelis and foreigners were killed in the war, according to Israeli authorities, the vast majority of them on the day of the Hamas attack.