Benjamin Netanyahu has stated Israel is doing all it may to minimise civilian casualties in Gaza however had “not been successful”.
The Israeli prime minister was chatting with CBS when he made the feedback relating to the hundreds of reported deaths since his forces started their operation in opposition to Hamas.
Mr Netanyahu laid the blame for the civilian deaths squarely on the toes of the group which attacked Israel on 7 October.
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He stated: “Any civilian dying is a tragedy. And we should not have any as a result of we’re doing all the pieces we are able to to get the civilians out of hurt’s manner, whereas Hamas is doing all the pieces to maintain them in hurt’s manner.
“So we send leaflets, (we) call them on their cell phones, and we say: ‘leave’. And many have left.
“The other thing that I can say is that we’ll try to finish that job with minimal civilian casualties. That’s what we’re trying to do. Minimal civilian casualties. But unfortunately, we’re not successful.”
Thousands of civilians are reported to have died throughout Israel’s weeks-long army marketing campaign in response to the assault by Hamas that killed 1,200 folks with one other 240 being taken hostage.
In the identical interview Mr Netanyahu stated there have been “strong indications” that among the hostages had been held in al Shifa hospital, however have been not there when the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) entered the constructing.
On Thursday, IDF troopers continued looking underground ranges of the hospital, Gaza’s largest, following a raid that started early on Wednesday.
Technicians answerable for working the hospital tools have been detained, the well being ministry in Gaza stated in a press release.
The army launched footage from contained in the hospital exhibiting three duffle luggage allegedly discovered hidden round an MRI lab – every containing an assault rifle, grenades and Hamas uniforms.
Hamas-run well being authorities in Gaza declare a minimum of 11,500 folks have been killed throughout Israel’s ongoing operation, with greater than 4,700 of them youngsters.
Two thirds of the Gaza Strip’s inhabitants of two.3 million have been made homeless by the warfare.
On Thursday, Israel’s air power dropped leaflets in elements of southern Gaza telling folks to evacuate for their very own security.
Israel has additionally used leaflet drops in northern Gaza to warn civilians to maneuver.
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Hundreds of hundreds have accomplished so, in a mass displacement that some worry may turn out to be everlasting.
Tanks and troops crossed the border with northern Gaza on 26 October in what was described on the time because the “biggest incursion” of the battle to date, virtually three weeks after the 7 October Hamas assault.
Gaza has additionally skilled 4 mass communication outages because the floor invasion started.