Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would continue military pressure on Hamas.
Israel admitted to mistakenly killing three hostages held by Hamas last Friday. The relatives of the hostages in Gaza then called on Israel for their release and reconciliation. Meanwhile, Netanyahu announced this.
The three hostages were carrying white flags when Israeli soldiers opened fire. They appealed for help in Hebrew. The Israeli army reported this information.
There have been widespread protests across Israel following the news of the mistaken killing of three hostages. Relatives of the hostages are worried. They called on Netanyahu to come to an agreement.
Noam Perry, daughter of hostage Haim Perry, said at a program organized by the Hostage and Missing Families Forum in Tel Aviv, “We’re getting hostages dead over and over again.”
A week-long ceasefire last month saw the release of 250 Israeli and foreign hostages in exchange for 240 Palestinian prisoners, including hundreds of hostages.
However, following calls from the hostages’ relatives, Netanyahu insisted on continuing military pressure. He said, “It is with deep sadness that I want to state that military pressure is needed to get back the abductees and win the war.”