Israel will continue war on Gaza until hostages released: FM Katz

Deaths and destruction caused by Israel in Gaza. So far, more than 25,0000 Palestinians were killed.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said that Tel Aviv will continue its war on the Gaza Strip until the release of hostages held by Hamas, Anadolu Agency reported on Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of a meeting with British Foreign Secretary David Cameron, Katz termed the Gaza offensive as a “war of necessity” against Hamas and the Iranian axis.

“We will not stop until the release of all our hostages and the dismantling of Hamas’s military and civil capabilities – in Gaza and in every place,” he added on X.

Cameron arrived in Israel on Wednesday as part of a Middle East tour that includes the West Bank, Qatar and Türkiye to push for an immediate humanitarian pause in the fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Israel launched an offensive on the Gaza Strip following a cross-border attack by Hamas on October 7. So far, Israel has killed more than 25,700 Palestinians.

The Israeli onslaught has left 85% of Gaza’s population internally displaced amid acute shortages of food, clean water and medicine, while more than half of the enclave’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

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