Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejects calls for ceasefire as ground strikes intensify 

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected calls for ceasefire as airstrikes came very close hospitals where many Palestinians are housed next to the injured. Israeli ground forces pushed further into Gaza on Monday, progressing in tanks and other shielded vehicles on their territory’s main city and rescuing a soldier held hostage by Hamas militants.   

The military said a soldier caught during Hamas’ fierce Oct. 7 surprise attack was rescued in Gaza, which was the first rescue since the war started. Military officials gave not many details yet said in a statement that Pvt. Ori Megidish, 19, was good and had met with her loved ones. 

Netanyahu welcomed her home, saying that the accomplishment by Israel’s security forces outlines their obligation to “free all the hostages.”  

He likewise dismissed calls for a ceasefire to facilitate the release of hostages or end the Israel Hamas war, which he has said will be long and troublesome. “Calls for a cease-fire are calls for Israel to surrender to Hamas. That will not happen,” the Prime Minister told in a press conference.  

Netanyahu, who faces mounting resentment regarding Israel’s inability to prevent the fiercest surprise attack on the country in 50 years, said he had no plans to resign. 

Hamas and other militant groups are believed to hold around 240 hostages, including men, women and children. Netanyahu is facing severe pressure to get their release even as Israel acts to smash Hamas and end its 16-year rule over the territory. 

Hamas has to date released four hostages and said it would let the others free in exchange of thousands of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, including many implicated in deadly attacks on Israelis. Israel rejected the offer, and Netanyahu said the ground invasion “creates the possibility” of getting the hostages free, adding that Hamas will “only do it under pressure.” 

In a short video released on Monday, Hamas tried to show three other female hostages. One of them gave a brief statement, possibly under pressure, criticising Israel’s response to the hostage crisis. 

It is not clear when the video was made. In such hostage videos, individuals usually speak under duress and are mainly used for the purpose of propaganda. The Associated Press usually refrains from reporting details  

Amos Aloni, whose daughter Danielle appeared in the video, told reporters that he and his wife were shocked to see her on television but felt “relief from her being alive and seeing her.” 

The U.S. is supplying weapons shipments on a regular basis to Israel in their war against the Hamas, Pentagon deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters. 

Despite the rising number of civilian losses, they were not setting any boundaries for how Israel utilises the weapons, Singh added. “That is really up to the Israeli Defense Force,” she said.  

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