Netanyahu says Israel won't 'surrender' following captives rescue

AFP , Ahram Online , Saturday 8 Jun 2024

Under pressure to agree to a ceasefire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel won't "surrender" after occupation troops on Saturday rescued four captives who were held by Palestinian resistance groups in the Gaza Strip.

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A protester with a message at a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s government in Tel Aviv. Calls for the release of captives held in the Gaza Strip are increasing. AP

 

Israel'soccupation  army earlier named the rescued captives as Noa Argamani, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov and Shlomi Ziv.

The four had been taken to hospital and were in "good medical condition", the armysaid in a statement.

Speaking after the rescue, Netanyahu said: "We will not let go until we complete the mission and return all our hostages home -- both the living and the dead."

Netanyahu's office also released a video of him speaking with one of the captives on a mobile telephone.

She said she was "very excited" to return home, adding: "I haven't spoken Hebrew in such a long time."

Pressure has been growing on Netanyahu to agree to a ceasefire in Gaza with some calling on him to resign over his failure to bring the remaining captives.

Hamas has accused Netanyahu of "personally hindering" efforts to reach a truce due to "personal interests," saying that it will not release all the captives until Israel ends its offensive.

In an interview with Time Magazine, US President Joe Biden conceded that there is “every reason” to believe that Netanyahu is dragging out the war.

Israel says around 116 captives are still being held in Gaza, including 41 the army says are dead.

Israel's relentless bombardment and ground invasion has killed more than 36,801 Palestinians, mostly women and children, according to Gaza health officials.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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