Tuesday 28 May 2024 - 07:54

Hamas to “Israel”: Captives May Return to You as Corpses

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Hamas to “Israel”: Captives May Return to You as Corpses
“The longer [‘Israeli’ Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and his supporters delay committing to this [cessation of the aggression] …, the more of their prisoners will lose their lives at the hands of their army with Zionist bombing and American missiles,” Osama Hamdan, the Palestinian resistance movement’s representative in Lebanon, told a news conference in Beirut on Monday.

“The continued procrastination and airstrikes mean that their hostages may not return but as corpses, and perhaps they will never return,” he added.

Hamas announced earlier that the “Israeli” aggression has killed 70 percent of the Zionist captives, who have been held by the resistance movement since an October operation.

The movement has conditioned releasing the rest of the captives on complete cessation of the war, withdrawal of the aggressors, conclusion of a proper captive exchange deal, and transfer of humanitarian supplies to Gaza.

Hamdan reasserted that “the Zionist occupation will not get back their prisoners held by the resistance except according to its conditions, which were presented to the mediators in Egypt and Qatar through a real and serious deal.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Hamas representative blasted the entity for killing at least 50 Palestinians during earlier airstrikes against a designated safe zone for displaced people in the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

The Hamas’ official said, "The occupation’s claim of the presence of armed men at the site of the massacre during its [the airstrikes’] implementation is shameless and false.”

The claim “is refuted by pictures of the bodies of the martyred civilians, including children and women. In addition, the area is located west of Rafah and is far from the area of the occupation’s operations and its focus in Rafah and its clash with the resistance,” he concluded.