Published Oct 24, 2023 at 10:30 PM IST

Israel PM says Israel will destroy Hamas

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, warned Tuesday of a possible "long war" against Hamas, saying "Hamas must be destroyed."

Speaking following a meeting with France's President Emmanuel Macron, Netanyahu said: "Hamas is responsible for civilian casualties, but we will do every effort to avoid them and to fight this war as speedily and as as rapidly as we can. But it could be a long war."

He accused Hamas of committing a “double war crime.”

"It's not only murdering our civilians, targeting our civilians, doing unspeakable war crimes. They're also hiding behind civilians, their own civilians," he said.

Israel is escalating its bombardment of targets in the Gaza Strip ahead of an expected ground invasion against Hamas militants. The war is rapidly raising the death toll in Gaza, and the U.S. fears the fighting could spark a wider conflict in the region.

Published October 24th, 2023 at 22:30 IST

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