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Gaza war resumes after short-lived truce, Israel says Hamas will now ‘take mother of all thumpings’

The Gaza war resumed on Friday after a short-lived truce that saw Hamas-held hostages released in exchange for Palestinian prisoners. Data shared by the Palestinian health ministry indicates that more than 60 people were killed on December 1. Meanwhile Israeli officials said that Hamas would now “take the mother of all thumpings” for failing to continue the release of hostages. 

“Unfortunately, Hamas decided to terminate the pause by failing to release all the kidnapped women. Having chosen to hold onto our women, Hamas will now take the mother of all thumpings,” government spokesman Eylon Levy said during a briefing.

The Israeli army said that it had hit “over 200 terror targets” along the narrow strip almost immediately after the war resumed. An official statement said ground, air and naval forces had come together to strike areas in the north and south of the Gaza Strip — including Khan Yunis and Rafah.

The Israel-Hamas clash began on October 7 after Hamas militants led a surprise attack after breaking through Gaza’s militarised border into Israel. Around 1,200 people were killed in the ensuing hours with Israel vowing to ‘crush Hamas’. The ensuing military offensive has killed around 15,000 people — mostly civilians.

 

(With inputs from agencies)

 

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Updated: 01 Dec 2023, 08:24 PM IST

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