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Hamas leaders are “all dead men” – Netanyahu

Hamas leaders are “all dead men” – Netanyahu

Israel’s prime minister has vowed “total victory” in Gaza amid calls for a Ramadan ceasefire

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reaffirmed his intention to eliminate the Palestinian Hamas movement in Gaza, despite international efforts to broker a ceasefire.

In a short video statement posted on social media on Monday, Netanyahu claimed that Israel is “on the road to total victory.”

“On the way to this victory, we have already eliminated number four in Hamas. Three, two and one are on their way. They’re all dead men, we’ll get to them all.” Netanyahu said in the 13-second video.

The “number four” in Hamas that Netanyahu referred to is likely Salih al-Aruri, who was killed in an airstrike in the Lebanese capital of Beirut in early January. In his statement, the Prime Minister “apparently” confirmed that Israel was behind al-Arourí’s murder, The Times of Israel wrote.

Netanyahu’s remarks come amid an investigation into the fate of Hamas’ number three, Marwan Issa, one of the key figures involved in the militant group’s attack in southern Israel on October 7, 2023. Issa was the target of an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) airstrike over the weekend.

According to the DPA news agency, Netanyahu spoke of “numbers one and two,” referring to the leader of Hamas in Gaza, Yehja al-Sinwar, and the head of the al-Qassam Brigades, Mohammed Deif.

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Netanyahu’s comments came on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Egypt, Qatar and the US tried to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas before Monday, and UN chief Antonio Guterres called for a truce during Ramadan.

The latest figures provided by the Gaza Health Ministry show that more than 31,000 Palestinians have been killed since the war began in October.