Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Announces No Deal for Hostages in Gaza
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has made it clear in a recent statement that no agreements have been reached regarding the release of hostages currently held in the Gaza Strip.
Netanyahu’s Address on Hostage Rumors
“There are many unfounded rumors about the hostage issue, so far no agreement has been reached. When we have something to say, we will communicate it,” Netanyahu expressed during a televised speech.
The clarity on this sensitive issue is a direct response to circulating rumors about potential deals for the hostages’ release.
Freedom of Action in Gaza Strip
Amidst conflict, Netanyahu has asserted the importance of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) maintaining autonomy within the conflict zone. “This is the only way to ensure the demilitarization of the area,” he claimed.
The Escalation of Conflict
The tension in the region escalated significantly after the Palestinian group Hamas initiated rocket attacks and an armed incursion into Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7, prompting Netanyahu to declare a state of war.
In response, Israel mobilized a substantial number of reservists and launched aerial bombardments to target Hamas’ capabilities and to attempt a rescue of over 200 hostages caught in the conflict.
Military Operations and Civil Unrest
The military operations conducted by the IDF have unfortunately resulted in numerous civilian casualties, including minors. Additionally, infrastructures such as hospitals, medical facilities, and educational establishments, under the protection of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), have been affected by bombings.
The international community has largely condemned the actions, calling for an immediate ceasefire and reevaluation of diplomatic ties with Israel from several countries.
Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza
Since October 9, Israel has imposed restrictions on the Gaza Strip, exacerbating a humanitarian crisis with shortages of basic supplies. Thousands of civilians have been urged to relocate to areas where international aid is barely trickling in through the Egyptian border.
International Calls for Ceasefire and Peace
The United Nations and numerous other countries have joined voices in calling for a ceasefire, and there is growing consensus internationally about the viability of a two-state solution to ensure long-term peace in the region.
The Toll of Hostilities
Official data points to a grave toll from the hostilities: approximately 1,200 deaths and 5,500 injuries in Israel, and a staggering 12,000 deaths with over 29,000 injuries in the Gaza Strip.
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