The Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas issued a statement Monday morning complaining about the nighttime rescue of two Israeli hostages by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), saying the rescue led to a “massacre” in the town of Rafah.
As Breitbart News reported, Israeli forces carried out a daring raid in Rafah, which is on the Egyptian border, despite US President Joe Biden warning hours before not to attack Hamas in Rafah without a plan protection of civilians.
In doing so, Israel released Fernando Simon Marman, 61, and Louis Har, 70, killing dozens of people.
The Times of Israel reported:
Hamas, in its initial response to the rescue of two hostages by the IDF, protests against “the massacre perpetrated by the Israeli army in Rafah this evening” and accuses the United States “of having given the green light to Netanyahu” .
Hamas calls this operation a continuation of the “genocidal war” and attempts at forced displacement against the Palestinian people.
The exact death toll on the Palestinian side is unclear; Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said more than 100 people had been killed, making no distinction between terrorists and civilians. Images circulated of the alleged location of the rescue and the battle.
من مكان العملية على رفح فجر اليوم pic.twitter.com/gfCSCOldN0
— حسن اصليح | Hassan (@hassaneslayeh) February 12, 2024
There are around 130 hostages remaining in Gaza. Rafah is the last bastion of Hamas, and the terrorist organization has warned that if Israel attacks Rafah, it will stop negotiating the release of the hostages.
The talks have failed because Hamas insists on ending the war in response to any release of hostages, a condition that would allow Hamas to survive and attack Israel again in the future.
Joel B. Pollak is a senior editor at Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent book “The Zionist Conspiracy (and How to Participate in It),” now available on Audible. He is also the author of the e-book Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is the recipient of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.