On the 28th day of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has firmly ruled out the possibility of a ceasefire in Gaza until all hostages held by Hamas are released. Netanyahu made this announcement in a televised address on Friday, emphasizing the Israeli government’s stance.
The hostage situation stems from an October 7 attack by Hamas in southern Israel, during which approximately 240 people were taken captive. This attack has been a part of the broader conflict, which has claimed the lives of approximately 1,400 people, with over 9,200 Palestinians in Gaza killed due to continuous airstrikes by Israeli forces, according to Palestinian health officials.
As the conflict intensifies, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Tel Aviv on Friday. Israeli troops encircled Gaza City, intensifying their efforts to target Hamas fighters. The Israeli military has continued its bombardment of the Gaza Strip through land, sea, and air operations.
Secretary Blinken, while reaffirming U.S. support for Israel in the ongoing war, also advocated for humanitarian pauses in the conflict to enable the delivery of much-needed aid to the Gaza region.
In a related development, raw footage captured the efforts of the 669 Unit and other units operating in Gaza under constant fire, rescuing and treating Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers.
Additionally, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah made his first public address since the Israel-Hamas conflict began. He acknowledged that his group had become involved in the recent cross-border clashes. While Nasrallah hinted at potential further escalation, he refrained from declaring full engagement of Hezbollah in the war.
The situation in the region remains highly tense, with key stakeholders involved in ongoing efforts to address the crisis.