Benjamin Netanyahu says he will have to ‘answer for what happened’ on 7 October in address to the nation | World News
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will have to “answer for what happened” on October 7 in a speech to the nation.
Mr Netanyahu also promised to “rain hellfire” on Hamas in a televised speech, but refused to provide details on when a ground invasion might begin.
Hamas fighters killed at least 1,400 people in a surprise attack in southern Israel and took hundreds of hostages earlier this month.
Mr Netanyahu said the decision on when forces would enter Gaza would be made by the government’s special war cabinet.
“All Hamas militants are condemned,” he said, adding that people are working “24 hours a day.”
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“I want to be very clear: the timing of the IDF operation is determined unanimously by the cabinet directing the war with the chief of staff,” he added.
“We are working to guarantee the best optimal conditions for their next operations.”
Calling on Israelis, he urged them to “not forget for a single moment” those killed in Hamas attacks.
“It is as if we are thrusting thousands of arrows into our bleeding hearts,” he said, adding that a day of national mourning would be set aside in memory of the victims.
He also continued to urge people to evacuate to southern Gaza and said the country was helping citizens “obtain their own personal weapons in a controlled manner.”
“My role is to lead this country and its people to total victory over our enemies,” he said.
“Together we will fight and together we will win.”
In the meantime, a third of hospitals in Gaza and almost two-thirds of primary health care clinics had to close due to damage or lack of fuel, the United Nations (UN) said.
The United Nations Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) warned it would have to suspend operations on Wednesday evening due to dwindling fuel reserves.
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A lack of resources and large numbers of wounded have made hospital care difficult as Israeli planes continue to strike the territory, home to 2.3 million people.
Tom White, director of UNRWA, said the “main concern” is that Gaza will run out of fuel.
“We really need to find a solution to the fuel situation, otherwise our aid operation will stop. People will not have access to clean water and hospitals will close,” he told CNN.
“Even if convoys arrive Gazawe will not have the fuel in our trucks to collect and distribute this aid.”
Following a blockage of aid, Israel allowed a small number of trucks to cross the Egyptian border into Gaza, but continued to ban fuel – needed to power hospital generators – to prevent Hamas to take hold of it.
Twenty more trucks crossed the Rafah border on Tuesday evening, but UN agencies said more than twenty times more aid was needed for the population.