Hamas threatens to execute hostages if Israel continues attacking

Some 60 fighter jets are currently carrying out waves of airstrikes against Hamas targets.

The Hamas terrorist group is threatening to begin executing hostages in response to Israeli attacks on Gaza carried out without warning, says the spokesman for Hamas’s Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, according to Gazan news outlet Shehab.

“From this hour onwards, any attack against our people in the safety of their homes, without prior warning, will be responded to with the execution of civilian hostages, which will be broadcast with video and audio,” says the spokesman, who calls himself Abu Obeida.

A defense official reportedly told Knesset members at a briefing that same day that Israel was not dropping fake bombs on the roofs of buildings that were to be attacked to warn civilians to flee.

IDF spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Harari says Israel is finishing clearing southern Israel of terrorists and has information on all Israelis held hostage in Gaza. In a press conference, Hagari says that troops continue to go from house to house in the cities near the Gaza border, searching for terrorists.

“There are no terrorists who cross the fence from Gaza to Israel,” he says, pointing out that the Air Force hits those who try to do so.

“Since this morning, there have been some encounters with terrorists. There has been none in the last few hours,” says Hagari.

Hagari says the military has “all the details” on all the Hamas terrorist group captives.

“So far, we have notified 30 families. When we finish notifying the families, the number of hostages in Gaza will be made available to the public,” she states.

The pace of Israeli Air Force strikes against the Gaza Strip is five times greater than that carried out against Hezbollah in the 2006 Second Lebanon War, says Hagari.

Some 60 fighter jets are currently carrying out waves of airstrikes against Hamas targets.

He states that the military has completed the evacuation of towns adjacent to the border and that a few families have chosen to stay.

As for the armed infiltration from Lebanon, Hagari says the gunmen’s identity is still being investigated. He confirms that three terrorists who crossed the border were killed, while one escaped to Lebanon. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.