Hamas Says Russia ‘Our Closest Good friend’

Russia is “our closest good friend,” a Hamas spokesman has mentioned, as the potential for wider Israeli floor operations looms over efforts to soundly return hostages who’ve been held within the Gaza Strip for greater than three weeks.

Hamas has obtained an inventory of twin Russian residents who might be held amongst different hostages in Gaza, senior Hamas member Mousa Abu Marzouk instructed the Russian state-backed RIA Novosti information company. The Palestinian militant group is making an attempt to find eight Russian hostages and is ready to launch them, he mentioned.

“From the Russian aspect, by means of the Ministry of Overseas Affairs, we obtained an inventory of residents who’ve twin citizenship,” Marzouk mentioned. “We’re very attentive to this listing and can course of it fastidiously, as a result of we take a look at Russia as our closest good friend,” he mentioned, in accordance with RIA.

Newsweek has reached out to the Russian Overseas Ministry for remark through e mail.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 26,2023, in Korolev, Russia. Russia is “our closest good friend,” a Hamas spokesman has mentioned, as the potential for wider Israeli floor operations looms.
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Throughout a gathering in Moscow late final week, Hamas representatives pledged “to reply, help, discover them and take all measures to free the Russians,” Deputy Russian Overseas Minister Mikhail Bogdanov instructed the Kremlin-backed TASS information company on Sunday.

“Russia’s contacts and actions within the Center East and in worldwide organizations are centered totally on the speedy launch of hostages held within the Gaza Strip, in addition to resolving points associated to making sure the evacuation of Russian and different overseas residents from its territory,” the Russian Embassy in Israel mentioned on Friday.

Greater than three weeks after Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a shock collection of coordinated assaults on Israel, greater than 200 hostages who have been introduced into Hamas-controlled Gaza haven’t but been launched. 4 hostages held by Hamas have been launched, together with 85-year-old Yocheved Lifshitz, with these remaining within the territory thought to quantity 229 or 230. Hamas has mentioned as much as 50 Israeli hostages have been killed in Israel Protection Forces (IDF) airstrikes on Gaza, however Newsweek couldn’t independently confirm this.

Israel has carried out wave after wave of airstrikes on Gaza, forward of an anticipated floor invasion of the strip, to the west of southern Israel. On Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned Israel was starting a brand new section of the battle with Hamas in Gaza, vowing to “destroy the enemy above floor and beneath floor.”

Israeli floor forces have been additionally working to “convey our kidnapped residents again,” Netanyahu mentioned in remarks reported by Israeli media. Assembly with the households its kidnapped residents on Saturday, Netanyahu mentioned the nation “will train and exhaust each chance to convey them dwelling.”

Israel has launched a collection of floor incursions in northern Gaza, and the IDF mentioned on Sunday its troops have been increasing its operations alongside persevering with airstrikes.

“The targets of this battle require a floor operation,” the IDF Chief of Workers, Herzi Halevi, mentioned in a video assertion posted on Saturday.

Hamas fighters focused two Israeli tanks in northwest Gaza, representatives for the Palestinian motion mentioned on Sunday. Newsweek has reached out to the IDF for remark through e mail.

The Hostages and Lacking Households Discussion board, which is lobbying for the discharge of the hostages, described the “lengthy and sleepless evening” after Israel expanded its operations in northern Gaza on Friday.

There may be “absolute uncertainty concerning the destiny of the hostages held there, who have been additionally topic to the heavy bombings,” the group mentioned in a press release. “The households are fearful concerning the destiny of their family members and are ready for an evidence. Each minute seems like an eternity.”

Greater than 1,400 individuals died in Israel through the shock assault on October 7, in accordance with The Related Press, citing Israel’s authorities. The Hamas-controlled well being authorities in Gaza say the dying toll among the many strip’s 2.3 million inhabitants has now handed 8,000.