Hamas may take advantage of ceasefire to resume attacks: USA

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United States (US) State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said that the US did not support the idea of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas because Hamas could take advantage of the ceasefire to continue attacks on Israel.

Hamas may take advantage of ceasefire to resume attacks: USA

The United States (US) opposes a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas because it would allow Hamas to resume attacks, US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said at a press conference.

"A ceasefire would give Hamas a chance to catch its breath and Israel a chance to prepare for terror attacks," Miller said.

He added that they are concerned about increased attacks by Iran's "proxies" in the region and emphasized that Iran is responsible for the attacks in the region.


"We are concerned and hold Iran responsible for these attacks, whether they target US interests or other interests in the region," Miller emphasized.

In addition, Miller stated that the US is ready to respond to these attacks and made evaluations regarding the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

"We have great concerns about instability in the region, including in the West Bank," he said.


At the meeting, Miller suggested that Hamas members were hiding in civilian structures in Gaza, and said that they supported Israel's view of these structures as "legitimate targets", and that they were therefore working to create areas in Gaza where civilians could be protected from harm, and that they believed it was important for Israel to comply with the laws of war.

Miller also responded to a journalist's question whether the United States had any intelligence information that Hamas was launching rockets from buildings where civilians were present.

"I am not making any specific intelligence assessments about the rockets fired in the last few days, but there is long-standing information that Hamas is embedded in civilian infrastructure," he highlighted.


Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of October 7.

While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that 4 thousand 651 people, including 1thousand 873 children and 1023 women, were killed and 14 thousand 245 injured in Israel's attacks on Gaza.

It was reported that 1 thousand 400 Israelis, including 306 soldiers, were killed and 5 thousand132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.

The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2 and a half million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.

In the occupied West Bank, 90 Palestinians were reportedly killed in attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers.

In Israel's attacks on Gaza, 18 journalists were killed.

In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since October 8, 24 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon. 

Most recently, Israel attacked the al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, killing civilians.

Source: Newsroom

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