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Israel failed to achieve war goals in Gaza, revealed its ‘murderous’ nature to world: Hamas leader Haniyeh

People search through the rubble of a house that was used as a shelter by a displaced Palestinian family, many of whom were reported killed when it was destroyed during an Israeli strike on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on January 7, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

The head of the political bureau of Hamas says Israel has failed to achieve any of its goals after nearly 100 days of a genocidal war on the Gaza Strip, stressing that the occupying regime has only exposed its “bloodthirsty and murderous ” nature to the entire world after committing all kinds of massacre in the besieged territory.

Ismail Haniyeh made the remarks at the conference of the International Union of Muslim Scholars in the Qatari capital of Doha on Tuesday, noting that the “steadfastness” of Gaza’s population had prevented Israel from achieving its goals.

“The declared goals of the war on Gaza are to eliminate the Hamas Movement, have their captives back and carry out the displacement plan,” Haniyeh said.

"I tell you that the enemy, despite the destruction and massacres, has failed to achieve any of the goals of the war," he added.

The Hamas chief further emphasized that the resistance movement cannot be eliminated because it exists across the homeland and abroad as well as in the conscience of the Muslim Ummah and the world’s free people.

Haniyeh went on to say that after about 100 days, the Israeli regime had failed to release a single captive from Gaza, adding that the only way for the return of the Israeli captives to their homes alive is to release all the Palestinian prisoners.

He also hailed the resistance front in Gaza as “strong, cohesive and promising,” asserting that it can fight a long battle against the occupation.

The Hamas chief further denounced as “dangerous and massive” Israel’s brutal aggression in the occupied West Bank, affirming that 350 Palestinians had been killed there since Operation “Al-Aqsa Flood” started in early October.

The Israeli regime waged the war on Gaza on October 7 after Hamas carried out the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime’s atrocities against Palestinians.

The relentless military campaign has killed more than 23,084 people, most of them children and women. At least 58,926 Palestinians have also been wounded.

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