Nuseirat massacre will not change our demands: Hamas

Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Jun 2024

Hamas condemned Israel’s attack on Nuseirat in central Gaza as a “horrific massacre,” insisting that the group will not agree to any deal that does not include a complete cessation of the Israeli war.

Palestinians inspect the debris to buildings following an operation by the Israeli Forces in the Nuseirat camp, in the central Gaza Strip, June 2024. AFP


In a written statement, Hamas said Israel’s killing of more than 274 Palestinians during a captive release operation in the Nuseirat refugee camp was a “brutal crime, devoid of the values of civilization and humanity.”

The Palestinian group said the release of four Israeli captives would not change Israel’s “strategic failure in the Gaza Strip,” stating that a number of Israeli captives were killed during the same raid on Nuseirat.

Tel Aviv has yet to comment.

"The first to be harmed by the occupation army are the Israeli prisoners,” Abu Obeida, spokesman for Al-Qassam Brigades, said.

"The enemy was able, by committing horrific massacres, to free some of his captives, but at the same time, it killed some of them during the operation," he added.

In a separate statement, Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh said that the “resistance will continue.”

“Our people will not surrender, and the resistance will continue to defend our rights in the face of this criminal enemy,” Haniyeh said.

“And if the occupation believes that it can impose its choices on us by force, it is delusional, and the movement will not agree to any agreement that does not achieve security for our people first and foremost.”

Moreover, Palestinian Islamic Jihad stated that Israel's operation in Nuseirat will not change the current conditions for a prisoner-captive swap deal, Mohammad Al-Hindi, deputy chief of the group, told Al-Aqsa TV.

No Threats

Meanwhile, Hamas sources rejected a Wall Street Journal report from Friday that claimed the two mediator countries turned up the pressure on Hamas’ leadership in Doha to sign a deal presented by the US for a truce and captives deal in Gaza.

According to the paper, which cited unnamed officials familiar with the negotiations, the two countries threatened the group’s leaders with sanctions, including expulsion from the Qatari capital, and arrests.

Egypt and Qatar did not threaten to arrest Hamas leaders if they did not accept the latest deal proposal, Hamas sources told Al Arabiya.

An Egyptian official has told CNN Sunday that Israel’s security operation in Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza on Saturday will have a “negative effect” on negotiations to end the war in Gaza. 

“[It] won’t be easy,” the Egyptian official, who is familiar with the talks, told CNN. 

Blatant violation

On Saturday, Egypt condemned in the strongest terms the Israeli attacks on the camp.

“These attacks resulted in the deaths of over 150 Palestinian civilians and the injury of hundreds more, constituting a blatant violation of all provisions of international law and international humanitarian law, as well as all values of humanity and human rights,” said the statement.

On Sunday, an Egyptian official told CNN that Israel’s security operation in Nuseirat on Saturday will have a “negative effect” on negotiations to end the war in Gaza.

“It won’t be easy,” the Egyptian official, who is familiar with the talks, told CNN.

The Gulf Cooperation Council has also condemned the Israeli attack as “a heinous and terrorist crime,” adding that the international community must act to stop Israel’s repeated and systematic crimes against the Palestinians.

Emergency session

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the “gruesome massacre” by Israel.

“The Israeli assault on the Nuseirat camp has claimed the lives of hundreds of martyrs and left numerous others wounded,” a statement posted to X said.

“President Abbas is engaged in intensive communications with relevant Arab and international parties to convene this urgent session of the UN Security Council.”

“The aim is to address the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and compel the Israeli occupation to comply with international resolutions, including those calling for an immediate ceasefire,” it went on to say.

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