(DCWatchdog.com) – In further testimony to its unbridled viciousness, the Palestinian Islamist terrorist group Hamas has threatened to start murdering the hostages it captured in its surprise Israel invasion over the weekend unless the Israeli military stops striking their territory in the Gaza Strip.
On Saturday, Hamas terrorists unexpectedly stormed Israeli border defenses around Gaza, penetrating the Jewish state and randomly slaughtering and kidnapping civilians.
About 150 people are held captive by the Palestinian terrorists, according to a report by AFP cited by Newsmax.
Hamas’s threat that it will start executing the hostages comes after Israel’s military imposed a complete siege on the Gaza Strip, pounding the terrorist group’s sites with air strikes and terminating electricity and water supply.
The report describes Israel’s counter-offensive against Hamas as unrelenting and deadly.
“Every targeting of our people without warning will be met with the execution of one of the civilian hostages,” declared the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military arm.
Israel’s leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, reacted with a message of defiance.
“What Hamas will experience will be difficult and terrible… We are going to change the Middle East. This is only the beginning. We will defeat them with force, enormous force,” the Israeli prime minister stated.
At least 1,200 Israelis and foreigners, including at least 11 Americans, have been slaughtered in the Hamas invasion.
At the same time, the Israeli military operation dubbed “Swords of Iron” launched in response to the terrorist attack has killed 560 people in Gaza.
Hamas’s onslaught across the Gaza border fence, previously considered robustly secure, and the resulting hostage situation has stirred both alarm and outrage within Israel, the report notes.
“[The terrorists] butchered people in cold blood in an inconceivable way,” Moti Bukjin of the Zaka religious volunteer group reflected, mirroring the general sentiment of horror among Israelis.
The Hamas invasion has been likened to a fusion of the “9/11 and Pearl Harbor” attacks by Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus, marking it “by far the worst day in Israeli history.”
“Never before have so many Israelis been killed by one single thing, let alone enemy activity in one day,” Conricus said.
Globally, the conflict is sending shockwaves, evoking widespread anti-Israel protests, affecting international citizens, and instigating a review and halt of EU development aid payments to the Palestinians.
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